MANIPUR: ATSUM Stages dharna in support of their demands

Imphal 

The All Tribal Students’ Union of Manipur (ATSUM) today staged a dharna in front of MBC complex, Chingmeirong demanding fulfilment of their several demands.

Speaking to media persons  ATSUM president Vareiyo Shatsang said that If the Government does not fulfil the key demands or give a positive response within the next five days, ATSUM would call a 24 hours State-wide bandh on September 28.

A memorandum highlighting ATSUM’s charter of demands was submitted to Chief Minister N Biren last month but there has been no response till date, he said.

The development of infrastructure and posting of adequate teaching staff in schools and colleges located in hill areas, utilisation of teachers at their original place of posting and unbiased rationalisation of teachers, are among the key demands, informed Shatsang.

Another key demand of ATSUM is reservation of 31 per cent seats for tribal students in Manipur University as per the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Amendment Act 2012, Vareiyo elucidated .

They are also demanding adequate infrastructure, doctors and paramedical staff at district hospitals, CHCs, PHCs and PHSCs .

Implementation of tribal schemes properly, re-organisation of police jurisdiction and strict adherence to reservation policy are also included in the ATSUM’s charter of demands, Shatsang added.

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