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NABARD branch may be shifted to another state
Correspondent/PTI IMPHAL, SEPT 21:
Published on 22 Sep. 2010 12:30 AM IST
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Manipur regional branch of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) may be shifted to another state due to ‘undue pressure on its officials by unwanted elements,’ said a spokesman of the federation of NGOs today.
Federation advisor Amu Kamei told mediapersons that NABARD has been providing crores of rupees as funds or loans to over 30 NGOs for taking up various developmental activities in the state.
Shifting of the NABARD branch to other state or city, particularly to Guwahati, would be a great loss to Manipur as it also works closely with government departments like fisheries, horticulture and agriculture.
Kamei said an officer-in-charge of NABARD was transferred to Patna for allegedly not giving into the demands of local NGOs and sanctioning some projects without fulfilling the formalities.
Likewise, many other officers were transferred and now only a few were working in the Manipur office, Kamei said and urged all sections of the people, including militants not to disturb the working of NABARD.
The federation also drew the attention of the chief minister to intervene and check the disturbances faced in the working process of the regional office.
Bomb exploded
Suspected militants exploded a powerful bomb at a private house in an interior village in Imphal East district of Manipur but no casualty was reported, official sources said today.
The militants lobbed the bomb at the house of I Kerani Singh at Pungdongbam Awang village, about 40 km north east of here, late last night, sources said.
No one was injured, reports said adding that Singh and his family were present at the time of the explosion. Sources said monetary demand by militants from the individual could be the reason.

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