Imphal, Oct 23: Irabot Foundation Manipur has alleged nepotism and favouritism to the selection of books by the Directorate of Education (S) Govt. of Manipur for the current year 2017.
In a statement, the organisation said that authors and publishers of the state had submitted their books as per an order issued by the Directorate of Education (S). The order issued on June 29, 2017 stated to submit books published after 2014 June 30. However, in another order issued by one Diki Doma Bhutia, Joint Director (H), Directorate of Education (S), which did not have any date, list of the selected authors was seen stick at the pillar of the gate of Director of Education (S) office. Name of the nine (9) authors along with their 2/3 books or 4/5 books published in the same year were listed.
The Irabot Foundation Manipur questions about the rationale behind issuing of order without date. The organisation stated of the books selected four to five are written by a single author among the nine which the organisation stated it as not justified. The organisation further questioned the rationale behind the selections of 2/3 or 4/5 books of one author when many are left unnoticed.
It further stated that the bureaucrats who are responsible for the selection are trying to defame good image of the present government.
The organisation also stated that if the government is serious about the condition of the author of the state it could have select at least 1/1 books of each author. It also expressed apprehension about the presence of some relatives of the selected authors to the ‘book selection committee’.
Drawing the attention of the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, the Irabot Foundation Manipur appealed for immediate intervention to the selection of the books.
Nepotism and favouritism alleged in the selection of books by Education Dept.