Four and a half years after Madhya Pradesh ministers, including the Chief Minister, willingly took an emotional quotient (EQ) test, the BJP government will have to unwillingly share the outcome following a court order.
The government had first taken a plea that the information was too sensitive to be shared under the RTI. It then provided it in a way that hardly revealed anything.
The test was conducted by the School of Good Governance and Public Information, a government body, on ministers who attended a state-sponsored jamboree at Pachmarhi in 2009.
The school in association with IIM-Indore, had conducted a two-day workshop to improve governance and find emotional strengths of ministers and suggest ways to overcome emotional weaknesses, if any, but clammed up when activist Ajay Dubey sought details under the RTI, saying the event cost the exchequer Rs 8 lakh. The school while rejecting the query claimed the information won’t serve any public purpose, and was an infringement on individual privacy. A year ago, the then chief information commission asked the school to provide the information within 15 days. The school claimed the names of ministers were never written and provided 26 answer-sheets on how individuals fared on parameters like trust, compassion, integrity and emotional expressions. “We can’t provide the information that we don’t have,” the school argued.
Dubey argued what was the need to spend so much if the test results were not going to be known, and, more importantly, used to correct flaws. He filed a petition in the MP High Court saying the CIC’s order was not being complied with.