ATSUM hails state govt, frontline warriors for fight against COVID-19

TMB Report

IMPHAL: The All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) has expressed its sincere appreciation towards the state government under able leadership of N Biren Singh, Hon’ble Chief Minister and his esteemed colleagues for its responsive combat against COVID-19.

Importantly, ATSUM feels dearly indebted towards the frontline warriors viz Doctors, Nurses, Health Workers, Security officers, personals, CSOs and Volunteers for risking their own life for safety of every natives of the state, Sr. Andria, Finance Secretary said in a press release.

Significantly, ATSUM acknowledges the state government for its cabinet decision dated 5th June 2020 for filling up of 190 numbers of Assistant Professors in government colleges under Higher Education Department, Manipur through MPSC, Sr. Andria said. Nevertheless, ATSUM earnestly request the state government to kindly adhere to the agreed terms of the official discourse between ATSUM and government of Manipur held on 13th August 2019 at Chief Minister’s Conference hall in the presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister N Biren Singh, wherein the long pending demand of ATSUM for filling up of ST backlog/shortfall vacancies in Asst. Professors where agreed to fill up by the government. Further the meeting clearly recommended that, “The Higher Education department reported that there are around 166 numbers of backlog/shortfall posts of Assistant Professors for ST. Process for filling up of the ST backlog/shortfall posts along with financial involvement will be work out by Hr. Education department and the sane will be put up before the Government/state cabinet for obtaining approval within one month time”, the ATSUM Finance Secretary said.

It is worth mentioning that, in consonance with the Office Memorandum of the Department of Personnel and Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India, ATSUM had been persistently apprising the Manipur State Government to fill up the backlog/shortfall vacancies of Scheduled Tribes in various Posts including Assistant Professors in government colleges since 2013. Accordingly, the then state government issued a recruitment notice for filling up of 280 numbers of Asst. Professors (including ST Backlog/shortfall vacancies) in government colleges through MPSC vide Advt. No. 15/2014 dated 15/11/2014, ATSUM reminded.

However, with the intervention of the Hon’ble High Court of Manipur, the Backlog/shortfall vacancies could not be filled as the recruitment notice for the same did not specify the backlog/shortfall vacancies of ST. and as such, on 17th September 2017, official meeting between ATSUM and State government agreed to notify for recruitment of Asst. Professors for filling up ST backlogs/shortfalls simultaneously with declaration of the aforementioned recruitment. However, the agreement could not be materialised thus far, the apex body of tribal student bodies said.

Therefore, considering the aspiration of the tribal populace and ATSUM demand for equal representation in public employment under Article 16 of India Constitution, the Government of Manipur is fervently appealed to kindly materialise the agreed terms of filling up ST backlog/Shortfall vacancies of Assistant Professors as transpired in the official discourse dated 13th August 2019, Sr. Andria concluded.

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