Manipur in financial crisis, minister stripped


Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh today made a major shakeup in the ministry stripping two of his senior ministers from the key portfolios of Finance and PWD and kept it with him.

He removed deputy chief minister Y Joykumar Singh from the finance portfolio,  as financial crisis loomed over the state while another senior minister, Thongam Biswajit Singh, removed from key departments like PWD and power.

CM Singh has now taken over finance, power, PWD, excise, taxation in addition to his existing portfolios.

Similarly, deputy CM Joykumar, who belongs to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s ally in the state — National People’s Party (NPP) — has retained science and technology, economics and statistics and civil aviation.

Meanwhile, Biswajit Singh has been given portfolios of rural development and Panchayati raj, commerce and industries, administrative reforms and training, information and public relations.

The decision, which might have wide political ramifications in days to come in the Northeast state, was taken following a state Cabinet meeting that authorized the chief minister to take all necessary disciplinary actions to imbibe a culture of financial prudence and property in key government departments.

The Chief Minister is not happy with the functioning of these two ministers for quite some time.

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