IMPHAL: In a major boost to ATSUM, ANSAM and KSO-GHQ for their demand on upgrading schools in hill district, the United Tribal People’s Council Manipur (UTPCM) and the All Manipur Gorkha Students’ Union (AMGSU) has come forward endorsing and supporting the move.
In a press statement, UTPCM secretary John Anal said that as per the sources, the three tribal students’ bodies have given August 31, 2020 as dateline for fulfilling various demands they raised in 2019. UTPCM will participate in the agitation or any other course of action taken up by ATSUM, ANSAM and KSO-GHQ if the state government fails to translate the assurance given and the agreement made between them and the State Government, John added.
UTPCM stated that the demands of the students’ bodies included the issue of shortage of teaching and non-teaching staff in the hill schools; the problem of utilization of teachers from the schools of the hill districts in valley districts; regularization of contract teachers of 2006 batch; demand for recruitment of MIL lecturers for Tribal dialects); upgradation of some high schools to higher secondary, regularization of ad-hoc teachers; filling up of ST backlog/shortfall post for Assistant Professors in Government colleges (166 ST backlog/shortfall posts of Assistant. Professor in Government colleges); opening of Science stream in Tamenglong and Tadubi colleges; opening of B. ED centres in the hill districts; filling up 32 vacant posts in TA & Hills; recruitment of Primary Teachers in Autonomous District Councils; filling up of backlog ST posts of various categories in JNIMS, etc among others which are all genuine demands and agreed by the Chief Minister but fails to materialize till date.
Taking away specialized doctors from the hill districts during lockdown by the state government cannot be accepted, John said added that state government’s apathy and lukewarm attitude towards the genuine demand of the tribal populace is injustice, which would result in many undesirable effects.
The All Manipur Gorkha Students’ Union (AMGSU) also expressed its support towards the representations made by the three student organizations on the need for lifting the quality of education.
In a press release, AMGSU said that the lack of teaching and non-teaching staffs in the higher secondary schools, the low utilisation of the existing strength and the need of upgradation of some high schools to the level of higher secondary are very serious issues, considering the future of the students. It also raised the issues related to ad-hoc teachers.
Reiterating the demand for recruitment of MIL lecturers, AMGSU also demanded the recruitment of MIL lecturers for Nepali as well. There are huge students opting for the subject but a clear lack of lecturers, it pointed out.
The lack of specialist doctors, unavailability of test laboratories, no blood bank facility and lack of health infrastructure including ambulance services caused a lot of issues to the local people stationed in hill areas, the press release added.
AMGSU appealed the state government and authority concerned to settle all the pending issues at the earliest possible time. The union will launch democratic form of agitation with the help of the other three students’ bodies if the issues remain unsolved, it cautioned.
As urged by the MP, Raju Bista Ji, AMGSU would also like to reiterate the request for the government to devise certain mechanisms to develop and preserve the unique Gorkha culture, language and history in Manipur.