Imphal Times is the first and only public spirited newspaper in Manipur which dared to question where nearly Rs 16,00,000 collected from nursing candidates over 2 years ago had gone. Since the recruitment was not done Rs 200 collected from each candidate should have been refunded or adjusted in the current recruitment. However one powerful official had pocketed it and all high officials in RIMS know it. It explains why there has been no clarification by RIMS through its media adviser. It is good that the AMSU has started questioning the sincerity of the officials in the appointment of several persons. 116 nurses will be shortly appointed. As the AMSU release said, there is already passing of money under the table and it is contradictory to what the director in charge said about appointments of nurses and other employees. There is also a report that recently one officer was bribed Rs 80,000 for correcting wrong pay scale. Since the mistake was at the official level this should have been corrected once the same was pointed out. But the official refused to dispose of the file and having no alternative the employees paid the bribe to have the wrong corrected. There is no meaning in the statement that there will be no bribing in the appointment of nurses. People have not come across any minister or official who says that he had taken bribe for getting things done. In the larger interest of the people and the candidates it is to be hoped that AMSU will fight till the end and that it will not give up the campaign midway like some other organisations.
William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since beginning. A avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue.
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