IMPHAL: The All Manipur Muslims Student’s Organization (AMMSO) and Pangal Student’s Union, Dhanamanjuri University (PSUDMU) have warned of a statewide 48 hour general strike from October 28 midnight if the state government fails to address the demands regarding the implementation and extension of 4 percent reservation for OBC Meitei Pangal in non professional courses from the academic session 2020-21 by coming October 27.
While briefing media persons at the Manipur Press Club, the president AMMSO Pusam Zabed Ahmed stated that the ultimatum was given to the chief minister, education minister and governor on October 26 in order to provide equal opportunity, inclusive education and participation in the state.
Moreover, AMMSO and PSUDMU had strongly condemned the dictatorship like behavior of the vice-chancellor of DMU for conducting the counseling by enforcing tight security without notifying the overall selection list which has been demanded by the concern organization and student’s union since October 19 for further correction of the errors regarding the admission selection list of BSc, BA and BCom.
While, the organization and the students union were shocked after knowing that many non Pangal students are filling up the OBC (MP) quota, it added decrying it as an inappropriate and reprehensible behavior on the part of the authority, he added.
Moreover, AMMSO and PSUDMU expressed unhappiness that the Pangal students have been selected in very less numbers at the various colleges under DMU, even lesser than 2 percent of the total intake capacity of the university. It seems likely that the authority had overlooked the constitutional rights of the indigenous Meitei Pangal in the state, the president of AMMSO added.
It also mentioned that since many years the state government has been neglecting the demands for the implementation and extension of the existing 4 percent reservation of the OBC MP in general courses of the higher education in the state university and central university in Manipur which were the constitutional rights for the Meitei Pangal of Manipur.
Further, AMMSO and PSUDMU said that the media, medical services, drinking water supply and Covid-19 essentials services shall be exempted during its intended statewide general strike call.