KTB digs into irregularities of deptts through RTIs, PILs

KTB digs into irregularities of deptts through RTIs, PILs
Correspondent KOHIMA, FEB 21 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/21/2021 12:39:08 PM IST

Kezekevi Thehou Ba (KTB) has filed a slew of RTI applications with various State government departments besides PILs against the departments of health & family welfare (H&FW) and school education. 

This was disclosed during an interaction with Nagaland Post with KTB members at the residence of the chairman Niketu Iralu at Sechu Zubza here on Sunday. Iralu emphasised that unless something was initiated, indulging in blame-game will not help solve problems faced by Naga society.

He said KTB deemed it necessary to initiate steps during the pandemic, at a time when clashes were reported between health workers and uniformed personnel. He however clarified that KTB has no intention of damaging the reputation of any individual or organisation. “But fearing that the boat would drown, KTB began its mission,” he added. Iralu said Nagas should understand the crisis at this stage and see things in totality as the outcome would affect everybody.

KTB general secretary Robert N Solo said the hearing for the PIL filed against H&FW department would be held soon in the court. He also disclosed that another PIL was filed against the school education department over implementation of Mid Day Meal scheme.

Solo said KTB also filed RTI application with Transport department over the issue of illegal condemnation of vehicles before attainment of period. He said vehicles including Innovas were disposed off without tendering public notice. He said response to this query was awaited. 

Mentioning that another RTI was filed with National Health Mission (NHM) under the H&FW department, Solo explained that once responses were received, it will be brought to the notice of the court to seek justice. He said response from National Health Project (NHP) was under examination.

On Mid Day Meal scheme, he said separate representations were sent to the Union Human Resources & Development ministry and the State government, besides filing of PIL. He said once hearing takes place, the next course of action would be decided by KTB’s legal adviser and elders with the consent of public.

Trustee member Kuolachalie Seyie lamented that owing to monumental corruption at various levels of government, the Centre has been aware of various complaints and taken due not while reassign project proposals. Hence, to be trusted, he said Nagas should place trust, honesty and integrity in place to redeem the future generation.

He said due to pursuit of easy money society has been damaged and to the only way out is to revive the age-old work culture so as to enable economic self sufficiency. 

Seyie said the only way to cleanse and correct the system was by taking up issues legally and not through threats. He said even in the purchase of PPE kits during pandemic lockdown, where inferior quality were supplied, the health workers had refused to accept because of the high risks involved.

KTB members said they received information that the protective kits were purchased by superseding all protocols because of which differences cropped up between H&FW directorate officials and health workers in hospitals.

Solo also said KTB received complaints from NHM doctors in the H&FW department who had already served for more than 10 years. He said these doctors were not recruited and instead junior doctors were chosen instead of the senior ones.

He expressed doubts whether the junior doctors who have been already recruited even had intern certificates.

Alleging that disbursement of salaries irregular even after NHM health workers had rendered their service sincerely, Solo said based on the complaints received, KTB filed an RTI application and a response was awaited.

Even as the hearings on the PILs were awaited, KTB office bearers said that they would file more RTIs applications in other departments.


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