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SCERT embeds Assembly session as an excuse for disregarding Manipur Information Commission

IT News

Imphal, Feb 20

In yet another case of state government machineries dishnouring the Right to Information Act 2005, and disrespect to the directives of the Manipur Information Commission the State Council Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Manipur has taken excuse for not able to abide by the directives of the Manipur Information Commission due to the preparations of the ongoing budget session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly which began from February 14.

One Thingujam Sanjit Singh sought information through the SPIO of the Directorate of SCERT on July 9 , 2019, to provide information of the name and number of DIET Centers including the year of establishment of each Centers in the state of Manipur . The information sought through the SPIO under the RTI Act also included to provide information about the sanctioned amount for each center and also about the number of students enrolled in each center along with the utilization certificates for each center since the establishment of each DIET center

As the SCERT authority didn’t provide the information which should be made available to the person under the RTI Act 2005, the matter was taken to the Manipur Information Commission and as per the directives of the Manipur Information Commission, the SCERT authority was supposed to inspect the Centers on 5-2-2020. In today’s hearing representatives of the SCERT in his submission in favour of the SPIO SCERT submitted that the inspection could not be done on 5-2-2020 as the SPIO was engaged in the works for the preparation for the ongoing Assembly Sessions and Financial year.

The appellant in his submission had submitted that the SPIO SCERT had failed to allow inspection of record repeatedly and the inspection that was fixed on 5-2-2020 at 2pm was also failed as the SPIO absent without giving any reason. 

The Commission later fixed 11 am of February 29 as the next hearing.   

Rinku Khumukcham

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