Imphal: Stating that the state government has failed to implement the charter of Demand agreed upon on 13th August 2019 with ATSUM, ANSAM and KSO-GHQ at the Hon’ble Chief Minister’s Conference hall, the apex tribal students’ body has called for a 48-hour statewide bandh from September 14.
Micah Kamei, Information & Publicity Secretary, ATSUM informed in a press releases the decision was resolved in the General Assembly of the All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) held on 7th September 2020 at Hmar Community hall, Lamphel, Imphal to express resentment towards the government of Manipur for lackadaisical attitude over the agreed Charter of Demands.
In a press statement of ATSUM signed by its information and publicity Micah Kamei, it was stated that the agreed charter of demands which included filling up of ST backlog/shortfall posts of assistant professors in government colleges; opening of approved B.Ed. centres in the hill districts; opening of sciences stream in Tamenglong and Senapati government colleges; formulation of district cadre recruitment; to stop the culture of Utilization of Government employee’s recruitment of approved MIL (tribal dialect) teachers in government colleges and schools.
It was further said that the other agreement were on regularisation of Hills Contract Teachers 2006 batch; recruitment of adequate staffs in the directorate of Tribal Affairs and Hills; inclusion of mother tongue (Child’s language) as an essential qualification in the recruitment of primary teachers under 6 (six) Autonomous District Councils; upgradation of TRI into full-fledged directorate; enactment of Legislation/Act for implementation of Tribal Sub Scheme (TSS); Filling up of ST backlog/short falls of all categories in various departments; Implementation of reservation quantum as per DoPT, Government of India in direct recruitment to group C and D posts in central institutions; Improvement of adequate manpower and infrastructures in Health Services and posting specialist Doctors in the hill districts and upgradation of IGNTU-RC into full-fledged University.
The press statement further mentioned the government had ignored pressing issues put forward to its knowledge namely in the MoU signed on 9th June 2018 between State Government and ATSUM, DESAM and AIMS pertaining to appointment of native IAS officer as the Chief Secretary and the imbroglio between the government of Manipur and Hill District Private Schools Association Manipur (HIDIPSAM).
It was also mentioned that other demands were on MCSCCE 2016 main examination, mentioning that CBI enquiry should be accelerated and re-examination should not be conducted until and unless CBI’s probe is duly completed and the culprits involved are befittingly punished; implementation of reservation in promotion in MSPDCL; halting of mining in hill areas and disbursal of pre and post matric scholarship under ministry of tribal affairs, Govt. of Manipur.
In view of the prevailing pandemic, COVID-19 related activities, media and medical services are exempted from the purview of the proposed bandh. The inter-state transporters and public are appealed to kindly bear and cooperate during the course of the proposed bandh, the press statement said.