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Transparency in Government Appointments and Promotions is Essential

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Transparency in Government Appointments and Promotions is Essential

In Manipur, the deliberate withholding of information regarding government employees’ recruitment rules (RR) for appointments or promotions represents a clear violation of the Right to Information (RTI) Act. This practice not only undermines the principles of transparency and accountability but also erodes public trust in the governmental institutions responsible for fair and equitable employment practices.
The RTI Act was established to promote transparency in government operations, ensuring that citizens have access to information that impacts their lives and governance. By concealing the recruitment rules and the educational qualifications of those holding responsible government jobs, the government obstructs the public’s right to scrutinize and understand the criteria and processes that determine appointments and promotions within the public sector. This lack of transparency fosters suspicion and skepticism, leading to questions about the fairness and integrity of the system.
A recent incident highlights the growing conflict over this issue. In early 2024, a group of concerned citizens in Manipur, frustrated by the opaque processes in government appointments, filed multiple RTI requests seeking detailed information about the recruitment rules used in various government departments. When these requests were met with evasive responses and incomplete disclosures, the group staged a peaceful protest demanding full transparency. The situation escalated when government employees joined the protest, expressing their discontent over the lack of clear guidelines for promotions and appointments. The standoff between the protestors and authorities brought parts of Imphal to a standstill, drawing widespread media attention and public support for the demand for transparency.
Adding to this turmoil, the case of the Chief Engineer in a specific department of the Government of Manipur has further spotlighted the urgent need for transparency. Despite repeated RTI applications from activists and concerned citizens, the recruitment rules and criteria for this high-ranking position were not disclosed. This lack of transparency has led to allegations of favoritism and irregularities in the appointment process, undermining the credibility of the department and fueling public outrage. The case exemplifies the critical need for clear and open processes in government appointments to prevent any form of bias or corruption.
Transparency in recruitment and promotion is crucial for several reasons. Firstly, it ensures a level playing field for all candidates. When the criteria and processes are publicly available, individuals can prepare adequately and compete fairly, knowing that selections are made based on merit and established guidelines. This openness is vital in maintaining the morale and motivation of government employees, who need to trust that their career progression is handled with fairness and impartiality.
Secondly, public disclosure of recruitment rules helps in holding the government accountable. Citizens have the right to ensure that public sector appointments and promotions are free from nepotism, favoritism, or any form of bias. When these processes are transparent, it becomes easier to detect and rectify any anomalies, thereby promoting a culture of integrity within public institutions.
Moreover, transparency in government operations is a cornerstone of democracy. It empowers citizens by providing them with the information needed to make informed decisions and engage constructively with the government. Concealing recruitment rules not only deprives citizens of this empowerment but also weakens the democratic fabric of the state.
The government of Manipur must recognize that upholding the RTI Act is not merely a legal obligation but a moral one as well. Ensuring that information related to appointments and promotions is readily accessible should be a priority, instead of allowing those in question to be intimidated either legally or illegally. This can be achieved through the regular publication of recruitment rules, making them available on official websites, and responding promptly to RTI requests.
To be precise, the hiding of recruitment rules for government appointments and promotions in Manipur is a direct affront to the principles of transparency and accountability enshrined in the RTI Act. It is imperative that the government takes immediate steps to rectify this situation, reinforcing its commitment to an open, fair, and democratic governance system. Only through such measures can public trust be restored and maintained, ensuring that government employees and citizens alike feel confident in the integrity of public sector operations.
As for Imphal Times, we face all forms of intimidation both through legal and illegal means. But we fear none, as the truth always triumphs. Whether it is me, as the editor of Imphal Times, or the one in question, we are ready to face the consequences for a better Manipur.

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