Manipur government kneels, ATSUM calls off agitation

Imphal, August 12: With the Congress led Secular Pro gressive Front (SPF) Government approving ex tension of service of teachers engaged on contract basis in hill district schools for a four month period and assuring to ‘positively’ look into other demands, the All Tribal Students Union Manipur (ATSUM) has decided to call off its 48 hours general strike with immediate effect.

Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh is informed to have personally conveyed the Government’s decision to extend the service period with the ATSUM reciprocating with the agitation call-off in addition to withdrawing its proposed Independence Day boycott stand.

Interacting with news persons at its Old Lambulane office this afternoon, ATSUM’s information and publicity secretary Joseph R Hmar said the decision to call off the twin agitation was taken after the Govt issued an order for service extension of 1198 teachers effective from September 1 till December this year.

Moreover, the Govt is said to have assured to look into ATSUM’s other demands such as revision of the Government’s recent decision to cancel grant-in-aid to Govt aided schools and increase reservation of tribal candidates in Manipur University.

According to the AT SUM functionary the Chief Minister assured to review cancellation of grants to 171 aided schools out of 604 and to involve district administration in the revision work.

Joseph also said the Government citing lack of number of students in the hill district schools for cancellation of grants is discriminatory as the same yardstick had not been applied with regard to schools in the valley areas.

He nevertheless iterated that as the Government is willing to rectify such anomaly ATSUM too is ready to soften its stand so as to extend an opportunity to redress the matter.

Regarding the reservation issue in MU Joseph conveyed that it would wait the Government’s next move as the Chief Minister has assured to put up ATSUM’s demand for 31 percent job and admission quota of tribal candidates before the State Cabinet.

He, however, cautioned that ATSUM would wait up to August 14 on what the Government’s next move/measure would be before deciding on its proclaimed, agitations throughout August month which include economic blockade.

Regarding the indefinite economic blockade being planned along the National Highways ATSUM would provide detailed information through the mass media at the opportune moment, he said.

Regarding the 48 hour general strike call which had been enforced since August 11 midnight, he clarified that ATSUM would have deferred/held back the agitation programme as the Government undermined ATSUM’s deadline for 2 pm (August 11) deadline to convey its stand on demands of the student body.

The ATSUM functionary contended that with the Government issuing an order for service extension of contract basis teachers which ATSUM received only at 6 pm there was a communication gap consequently resulting in going, ahead with the general strike.

He conceded that inspite of imposition of general strike there is no report of any untoward incident.

Source: The Sangai Express

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About Zou Sangnaupang Pawlpi Delhi

Zou Students' Association Delhi Branch
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