The recruitment process for appointing 134 posts of multi-tasking staff of RIMS by prioritising on “Kuki Separatists” must be stopped immediately, said political commentator Chongtham Bijoy on Thursday.
Bijoy told the media at his Lamphel residence that a recruitment notification for direct appointment of 134 posts of Multi-Tasking Staff (MTS) of RIMS was notified on January 16, 2016.
During the process, over 18,000 applicants submitted forms for the recruitment by paying a charge of Rs 200 each and the RIMS authority collected a total sum of around Rs 36 lakh from the applicants, he said.
In February 2016, the RIMS authority issued admit cards of the said recruitment and in the admit card it was mentioned clearly that they were “to be produced at the time of interview” which means there will be interviews in the recruitment, he added.
However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced earlier that there will be no interview while recruiting employees of grade III and IV.
By sidelining the announcement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement to skip the interview for appointment of employees of grade III and IV, the authority conducted skill tests/aptitude tests and four candidates under PWD category were selected from the total post of 134, he said.
Afterwards, several notifications were issued by the RIMS authority for the same recruitment. However, the recruitment got suspended every time before its completion, he added.
Bijoy questioned why the RIMS authority is unable to conduct the recruitment since 2016. If the authority failed to complete the recruitment process, then why can not the authority issue a fresh recruitment notification so that educated and qualified displaced people who are staying in various relief camps can appear, he said.
Recently, for recruitment of 130 posts of MTS, present director of RIMS, G Sunil Kumar issued an advertisement, mentioning that a written test for the recruitment will be conducted on November 12, 2023.
Surprisingly, the RIMS authority has provided options in examination centres that included Imphal and Guwahati, he said. Providing separate centres for written examination during this unrest can bring more tension among the people of Manipur, he added.
There is an apprehension that the Kuki community might demand for a branch for RIMS at Churachandpur, and there is suspicion that RIMS authority is helping the demand of Kuki communities, he said. The recruitment should be stopped immediately as it could encourage the demand of separate administration within the state of Manipur, he added.