IMPHAL: The All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) Thursday has warned to take up strong agitations if the state government fails to fulfill its different demands at the earliest.
The statement was made by the General Secretary of ATSUM, Saiboi Haokip during a press meet held at its head office, at Adimjati complex.
Addressing to media persons, ATSUM Saiboi Haokip warned the state government of strong agitations, if it fails to fulfill their charter of demands of jointly forwarded by the organisation along with ANSAM, and KSO-GHQ at the earliest. Mention may be made that a meeting was held between representatives of ATSUM, ANSAM, and KSO-GHQ and state government chaired by the Chief Minister including top officials on August 13 last at the CM Conference Hall.
During the meeting, the three students’ bodies put up their various demands namely appointment of adequate teaching and non-teaching staffs in the hill districts under Education(S) and lecturers in higher secondary schools; utilization of teachers at places other than their places of posting; regularization of contract teachers of 2006 batch engaged by education (s) department; regularization of Adhoc teachers; recruitment of MIL (tribal recognized dialect) teachers/lecturers; upgradation of high schools to higher secondary schools in hill districts; opening of science streams at Tamenglong and Tadubi; B.Ed. centers in hill district (Churachanpur and Ukhrul).
He further also pointed out the demands like upgradation of IGNTU-RCM to a full-fledged autonomous university; filling up the vacancies of Tribal Affairs and Hills; appointment of adequate teaching and non-teaching staff under 6 Autonomous District Council; Tribal Research Institute into separate directorate or department; filling up of ST posts of various categories in JNIMS; medical specialist doctors in hill district hospital; reservation in direct recruitment of group C and D posts of central institutions; reservation and recruitment-ATSUM demands strict compliance of reservation policy as per the 200 point Roster in recruitment to all categories of post.
All the demands have been put up during the meeting in presence of the chief minister and other officials of concerned departments. The chief minister gave his assurance to the students’ bodies stating that the demands will be translated into action within a few months. But the state government has been silent till now and there is no sign of actions till date. It is said that the state government has diverted the fund that has been sanctioned for the tribal people in other areas, according to ATSUM. It is said that now the students’ bodies are beyond the point of tolerance and warned that if government take the union’s patience and understanding as a weakness, the government will be facing a very expensive time in the future.
He appealed to the state government to fulfill the assurances given and charter of demands of the union at the earliest time. If the state government fails to fulfill the demands, the union will launch strong agitations.