Guwahati, Assam: In a recent development, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma revealed on Wednesday that 12 individuals, including journalists and Right to Information (RTI) activists, are likely to be arrested in connection with the alleged Rs 105 crore State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) scam in Assam.
The SCERT scam, which has been the focus of an ongoing investigation, has raised concerns about corruption and malpractice within the education sector. The funds in question were intended for the development of educational resources, but allegations have surfaced regarding their misappropriation.
CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, addressing the media, emphasized the government’s commitment to ensuring transparency and accountability in the administration. He stated that the investigation into the SCERT scam has revealed significant evidence implicating 12 individuals who have allegedly played a role in the embezzlement of funds.
While the Chief Minister did not disclose specific details regarding the journalists and RTI activists under scrutiny, he expressed his intention to take appropriate legal action against those found guilty. Sarma stressed that the government remains dedicated to upholding the principles of justice and that no one will be spared, regardless of their profession or background.
The announcement of potential arrests has generated widespread interest and debate within the state. Many have raised concerns about the implications for press freedom and the role of RTI activists in uncovering corruption. Critics argue that it is essential to ensure that investigations are conducted impartially and that individuals are given a fair opportunity to present their case.
As news of the potential arrests spread, various journalistic and activist organizations have voiced their concerns, calling for a thorough and transparent investigation. They have stressed the need for due process and the protection of the rights of those involved.
As the investigation progresses, it remains to be seen how the case will unfold and what impact it will have on the fight against corruption in Assam’s education system. The government’s commitment to upholding transparency and justice will be tested as it moves forward in its pursuit of the truth and accountability.
Citizens and stakeholders eagerly await further updates on the investigation, hoping for a fair and unbiased resolution that restores trust in the educational system and sets an example for combating corruption in Assam.