IMPHAL: Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM), Apunba Ireipakki Maheiroi Sinpanglup (AIMS) and All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) has expressed disappointment over the appointment of a new Chief Secretary of the state, Dr. Rajesh Kumar, IAS, who is a non-local.
At a backdrop of an appointment of a non local to hold the charge of the Chief Secretary until further orders vide No. 3/13/2013-IAS/DP, Imphal the 1st August 2020, the three student organisations viz., DESAM, AIMS and ATSUM are compelled to issue this press communiqué for further analysis and meticulous examination of the 6 points Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the three student organisations and the Govt. of Manipur on 9th June, 2018 at Chief Minister’s Conference Hall, the students’ bodies said.
It is very disappointing that the state govt. has deliberately breached the 6 points understanding without considering the interest of the general public, the students’ bodies said pointing out that point No. 3 of the MoU states, “The State Government assures to consider the demand in due course of time without affecting the interest of the native officers”.
We are not asking for moon but something within our reach. Had there been no understanding in the past, we wouldn’t have reiterated our demand and having fulfilled all the requisite criteria in terms of capability and seniority, there is no good reason as to why a native civil servant shouldn’t be given a chance to hold the highest post as the Chief Secretary, they questioned.
We had bitter experiences in the past where our native officers were disgracefully denied a place they deserved and this trend of appointment with the whims and fancies from Nagpur and the capital speaks volume that there is no popular government in Manipur. If this should continue, all ethnic communities living in the state of Manipur will be doomed, the students’ bodies lamented.
It is in the best interest of all that, the order issued be reviewed to ensure that the MoU signed on 9th June, 2018 has relevance, Seiboi Haokip (GS, ATSUM), Leishangthem Lamyanba (GS, DESAM) and Khumujam Rome (President, AIMS) said in the joint statement.