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ACC/SIT credibility: Corruption free Manipur or free to corruption in Manipur?

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SIT inquiry says recruitment of paramedics staffs in Health Dept. in 2016 is genuine when one third are from the constituency of the then CM, Minister of Health and Health Director

Imphal, Dec 24: The hopes of the people, after the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh led government set up Anti Corruption Cell (ACC) and Special Investigation Team (SIT) to flush out corruption and to check any irregularities to the recruitments that took place before election in a hasty manner by the previous government now seems to be lost with the activities of both the bodies fail to satisfy the common people.
A lady candidate who had appeared in recruitment test for appointment of Grade-VI post in the Department of health Services in 2016 had complaint to the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh stating that as she was not satisfied with the report of the SIT after receiving details of the selection process through Right to Information Act. Chief Minister’s silence to the matter prompted the lady to tell her story to this reporter asking the government about the real meaning of corruption free Manipur.
The name of the lady, who complaints to the Chief Minister is withheld here as it could danger her life.  The selection test for recruitment of Grade IV posts in the department of Health Services was held on August 20 to September 9 of 2016 and from November 18 to November 19, 2016. 378 candidates have been selected when the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly Election was knocking at the door even as the code of conduct did not come into force. SIT formed to check any discrepancy in the recruitment process approved the selection of these 378 candidates as genuine.
How the SIT submitted report of the selection of the test as genuine is a matter need to be pondered upon as per the disclosures of the selection process revealed by the department through RTI.
The selection test was top by a candidate from the assembly constituency of the former Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, who had passed her class X exam in 3rd Division Compartmental. And the lady who filed the RTI after she was not selected passed her class X examination in first division.
The selection test was declared on December 20, 2016 and 378 candidates were selected. 43 persons were put in waiting list (Selection Committee vide order No, G/paramedics/2016-HD (pt) dated 20.12.2016).
As per information from the Directorate health Services, it is also learnt that of the 378 persons selected 254 are general/OBC. Of these 254 selected candidate 112 are from Thoubal district where the then Chief Minister Okram Ibobi and the then Director of Health Services, Dr. O Ibomcha was held. Sl. 1 to Sl. 37 in order of merit published as selected are also from Thoubal district. Okram Ibobi, the then Chief Minister was elected as represented from Thoubal Assembly Constituency and his wife O Landhoni was that time the MLA from Khangabok Assembly constituency. On the selected candidates under Schedule Tribe, the information provided under RTI also reveals that most of the reserved seat selected are from the constituency of the then Minister of health in Chandel district.
The lady who complaint about the matter is not satisfied with the way of selection. But this reporter finds hard to believe that candidates from the locality and district of Chief Minister, Health Minister and Health Director would have the maximum qualified candidate for the post of para medics in health department.     
This newspaper would like to leave the decision on whether, the SIT is doing its duty for the people of the state or to protect the wrongs by using any means for reason best known to the members of the SIT.

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