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State RTI in a Fog

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 4, 2006

State RTI in a Fog

Source: IMPHAL FREE PRESS
Posted: 2006-08-03

An instrument of governance that can qualify to be the most potent
weapon against the scourge of official corruption that the Indian
constitution has adopted in all its history, the Right to Information
Act, RTI, is still in a fog in Manipur. It is inconceivable why the
government is allowing this. The spirit of the RTI is to make
governance as transparent as possible so that no public policy or the
processes of making them can be hidden from public view. It would
oblige the government departments by law to furnish any information on
its public policies and programmes sought by any individual citizen.
The exceptions understandably would be of information that have
bearings on the sovereignty and integrity of the nation, infringes
copyrights or breaches the privileges of the privileged institutions
of democracy such as the courts, Parliament, Assembly etc. There is of
course a controversial move by the Central government recently to
amend the RTI Act and include another clause to the list of
undisclosable information, and these are the “side notings”
bureaucrats make as a file moves from government department to
department, reshaping policy blueprints all along, for it is deemed
this would victimise individual bureaucrats. But that is another
matter, the moot point is, for the RTI to be effective there will have
to be a monitoring, autonomous institution, and this is precisely what
the RTI Act requires the Central and State governments to constitute.
This is where the Manipur government has chosen to keep the matter
nebulous.

Till date, not many in the state, including the media, know the state
has formed such a State Information Commission under the RTI. Yet, the
Government of India RTI website states clearly that Manipur is among
the 21 states which have already formed such a commission naming S
Sunderlal Singh, secretary (DP&AR) as the State Chief Information
Commissioner, a constitutional office enjoying the salary and
allowances of an Election Commissioner. The commission is also to have
Information Commissioners (not more than 10) enjoying the salary and
allowances of chief secretary. In the case of the Central Chief
Information Commissioner, he is to draw the salary and allowances of
the Chief Election Commissioner, and have not more than 10 Information
Commissioners of equivalent rank as Election Commissioners, assisting
him.

If the information on the Central Government website is correct, could
the Manipur government please clarify as to how a serving secretary of
the government can act as the Chief Election Commissioner, when it is
certain he would be called upon to give direction on how officers of
the government, often his seniors, are to conduct themselves as per
the provisions of the RTI Act, and even to recommend penalties for not
following orders. Although by protocol, he would be the rank of an
Election Commissioner, in reality would he be able to dictate terms to
officers senior to him in the profession? What about the State
Information Commissioners? If they too have been selected from amongst
government officers, obviously they would all be from officers below
the rank of secretary. The trouble is, as per the RTI Act, they would
be by protocol equivalent to the chief secretary. Most other states
have chosen a retired chief secretary as Chief Information
Commissioner, and retired government officers of repute and integrity
as well as very eminent and knowledgeable citizens as Information
Commissioners. Why has the Manipur government chosen to be different
by undermining the State Information Commission so terribly? Is this
ambitious autonomous body being reduced to just another government
department? If so, how is a government department going to bring
accountability and check corruption in other government departments?
Is the RTI going to be a non-starter just as the government has
effectively reduced the Manipur Human Rights Commission to a white
elephant? In any case, the RTI also makes it obligatory on the
government to campaign and conduct public programmes to familiarise
the ordinary citizens on how to use the RTI to get justice. Why is the
Manipur government not doing this if it has formed the commission
already? One cannot but help being envious of committed civil servants
like Arvind Kejriwal (Indian Revenue Service), who took a two-year
extraordinary leave from service to start a citizen’s movement called
Parivartan (transformation), which uses the RTI to expose corruption
and to bring justice to underprivileged citizens, first in East Delhi,
but now its influence is spreading all over India. From the
enlightened sections of the civil society in Manipur, we need people
who can take up such causes and push them to their logical ends.
Kejriwal, trained as a mechanical engineer from IIT Kharagpur before
joining the Indian Civil Services, is the most recent Indian selected
for the Ramon Magsaysay Award, considered Asia’s Nobel Prize, and
would be receiving the award on August 31 in Manila. He without doubt
deserves it most richly.

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MANIPUR RTI ?? – Information as Corruption Nemesis – [no RTI and more CORRUPTION in Manipur]

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 9, 2006

MANIPUR RTI ?? – Information as Corruption Nemesis – [RTI and CORRUPTION]

Source: IMPHAL FREE PRESS
Posted: 2006-07-07

http://www.kanglaonline.com/index.php?template=headline&newsid=1312&typeid=0&Idoc_Session=dea91ee1f030cae20a4a75aa587e2786

We are in the midst of a nationwide anti-corruption fortnight. The question is, what can we do to make the best of it, considering Manipur must have to be amongst the states where corruption has not only become institutionalized in the officialdom, but also deeply entrenched in the society as such? Other states in the northeast, especially Meghalaya has taken a march ahead in the regard. In Shillong, various civil society bodies have set up a help desk to give assistance to the public in pursuing their cases against corrupt practices, as well as to raise the awareness against the scourge. The new Parliamentary legislation, Right to Information Act, RTI Act, has become a very potent tool in this regard, and Meghalaya was one of the first states in the northeast to constitute a State Information Commission under the Act. Unfortunately in Manipur, despite much hype by the government, such a commission is still to become reality. As a matter of fact, many other autonomous bodies that already exist have been effectively throttled and rendered either ineffective or else subservient to the executive, through guiles and force. The Manipur Human Rights Commission, MHRC, is just one example. It has today been reduced to a White Elephant, with no more use than its exhibition value, to be conveniently put up as a front for the government’s claim of respect of democracy and the rights it guarantees. The subversion of this valued institution, meant to check and balance the powers of the government so as to keep it from straying from the norms prescribed by democracy, cannot be anything less than criminal. Perhaps it is for the same reason that the State Information Commission is not being allowed to take birth.

Under the circumstance, perhaps the right course of action for the Manipur civil society during this anti-corruption fortnight is to discuss the need for the a State Information Commission under the RTI Act, and then after a consensus is reached, to press for the setting up of one. It must be remembered that the RTI Act is meant to deter the powers that be from hiding skeletons in the government closets precisely by making all such closets easily accessible to the public. For it is when information regarding the state’s affairs remains the monopoly of those who hold the handles to the state’s executive powers, that ambiguous spaces are created in which corruption thrives unhindered and without the fear of discovery. Just the human rights commission is meant to monitor the democratic guarantee of human rights, an information commission is meant to check official corruption. The sooner such a commission becomes a reality, the better it will be for the state.

But even before the commission is set up, the state’s civil society cannot drop its concerns about corruption in public life. The issue has become all the more urgent as the intent of the government to lift the dykes on its ban on job recruitment has become clear. In another month, the examination for the recruitment of the state’s most prestigious jobs in its civil services will be held. Not long after, the government also plans to fill up about 200 vacant posts of lecturers. This will be followed by recruitment of more instructors for the state’s various ITIs is. In the days ahead, it can be reasonably expected that more and more exceptions will be made to the existing job recruitment ban. Also to be remembered is that this is an election year. Those in power will naturally be looking for all means within their command to raise money or else enlist sycophants as supporters through extending official favours and gifts. These new government jobs can become reduced to these gifts. Needless to say it will be in the interest of the people and the state to prevent such an eventuality. We want the best candidates available to be selected for these jobs, not just for the sake of justice for the competitors, but also for the efficiency of the state administration in the long run. Let us then raise our voices against corruption during this fortnight, intelligibly and coherently, and begin the process of ensuring ourselves and the generation to follow, a good common future.

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Manipur SIC – PIO/APIO – Repository

Posted by rtiact2005 on June 12, 2006

Manipur


 Shri S Sunderlal Singh
Secretary(DP&AR)
 
 Ph(o): 0385-2220981
Fax No.: 0385-2220981
 
 Old Secretariat,

Imphal-795001
 sunderlal@nic.in
 http://rti.nic.in/Members/manipur

 

manipur

Adult Education by manipur — last modified 2006-02-10 14:56
Agriculture by manipur — last modified 2006-02-10 15:25
Art & Culture by manipur — last modified 2006-02-10 15:38
GAD(General Administration Department) by manipur
— last modified 2006-02-10 16:00
Secretariat(GAD) & Manipur Bhawans.
Family WelFare by manipur — last modified 2006-02-10 16:08
Cooperative by manipur — last modified 2006-02-10 16:10
Election by manipur — last modified 2006-02-10 16:13
Command Area Development by manipur — last modified 2006-02-10 16:15
Commerce & Industry by manipur — last modified 2006-02-16 13:53
DP & AR by manipur — last modified 2006-02-16 13:56
Education (S) by manipur — last modified 2006-02-16 14:13
Fisheries by manipur — last modified 2006-02-16 14:14
Forest & Environment by manipur — last modified 2006-02-16 14:24
Food & Civil Supply by manipur — last modified 2006-02-17 15:18
Pay Implementation Cell by manipur — last modified 2006-02-17 15:21
Home by manipur — last modified 2006-02-17 16:03
Hill Department by manipur — last modified 2006-02-17 16:05
Higher & Technical Education by manipur
— last modified 2006-02-18 12:17
Horticulture & Soil Conservation by manipur
— last modified 2006-02-18 13:11
IFCD by manipur — last modified 2006-02-18 13:24
Irrigation and Flood Control Department
DIPR by manipur — last modified 2006-02-18 13:34
Department of Information and Public Relations
Labour by manipur — last modified 2006-02-18 14:22
Minor Irrigation by manipur — last modified 2006-02-18 14:24
MPSC by manipur — last modified 2006-02-20 12:18
Manipur Public Service Commission
Mahud by manipur — last modified 2006-02-20 11:10
PHED by manipur — last modified 2006-02-20 12:19
Public Health Engineering Department
Planning by manipur — last modified 2006-02-20 12:21
Power by manipur — last modified 2006-02-20 12:46
Raj Bhavan by manipur — last modified 2006-02-20 12:48
Revenue by manipur — last modified 2006-02-20 12:59
RD & PR by manipur — last modified 2006-02-20 12:57
Rural Development & Panchayati Raj
Science & Technology by manipur — last modified 2006-02-20 13:02
Social Welfare by manipur — last modified 2006-02-20 13:03
Transport by manipur — last modified 2006-02-20 13:04
Tribal Development by manipur — last modified 2006-02-20 13:05
Vetenary & Animal Husbandary by manipur
— last modified 2006-02-20 13:08
Works by manipur — last modified 2006-02-20 13:08
YAS by manipur — last modified 2006-02-20 13:10
Youth Affairs & Sports
MOBC by manipur — last modified 2006-02-20 13:12
Minority & Other BackWard Classes
Law & Legislative Affairs by manipur — last modified 2006-02-20 13:28
Economics & Statatics by manipur — last modified 2006-02-21 13:29

 

Manipur Departments

PIO Details

Name of the PIO/APIO – Adult Education Dept., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Agriculture Dept., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Art & Culture Dept, Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Family WelFare Dept., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Cooperative Dept., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Election Dept., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Command Area Development Dept., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Forest & Environment Dept., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Fisheries Dept., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Education (S) Dept., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Economics & Statistics Dept., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Commerce & Industry Dept., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Food & Civil Supply Dept., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Pay Implementation Cell Dept., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Home Dept., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Hill Department., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Minor Irrigation Department., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Labour Department., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Horticulture & Soil Conservation Department., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Irrigation and Flood Control Department., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Dept. of Information and Public Relations., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Higher & Technical Education Department., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Mahud Department., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Manipur Public Service Commission., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Public Health Engineering Department., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Department of Planning., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Department of Power., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Raj Bhawan, Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Rural Development & Panchayati Raj Dept., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Revenue Department., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Science & Technology Department., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Social Welfare Department., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Transport Department., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Tribal Development Department., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Vetenary & Animal Husbandary Dept., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Works Department., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Youth Affairs & Sports Department., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Minority & Other BackWard Classes., Govt. of Manipur

Name of the PIO/APIO – Law & Legislative Affairs Department., Govt. of Manipur

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