imphal, mar 18: In the first instance of its kind in the state, Human Rights Alert has filed a complaint with the Manipur Information Commission against the information officer, department of home, government of Manipur for failing to furnish information sought under the Right to Information, RTI Act.
According to a statement issued by the Human Rights Alert, one of its programme executives had on February 9, 2007 filed an application under section 6(1) of the RTI Act with the information officer of the state home department seeking information relating to inquiries instituted by the state government under the Commission of Inquiry Act 1952 in the past three decades.
It said the officer concerned has been approached repeatedly to obtain the requested information, but the officer neither allowed access to the information, nor gave any official response to the request.
The statement said a complaint was accordingly filed before the Manipur Information Commission on March 13, 2007. The state information commissioner, RK Angousana has in this connection registered a complaint case and asked the officer concerned to furnish objection if any on March 26, 2007.
The information sought by the HRA included, total number and particulars of inquiries instituted since 1980 by the state government, total number of inquiry reports submitted to the government and action taken thereof, total number of inquiries whose report have been submitted but not considered by the government.
The HRA had also sought copies of the inquiry reports concerned by the government of Manipur along with the memorandum of action taken.