Imphal: The proposed 48-hours inter-state shutdown from September 14 onwards by the All Tribal Students Union Manipur (ATSUM) has been called off following a mutual agreement between the state government and the student bodies.
A meeting was held on Friday between the state government, represented by education minister Thokchom Radheshyam Singh and forest environment minister Awangbou Newmai, along with representatives from ATSUM, ANSAM and KSO-GHQ to discussed at length the charter of demands by the student bodies.
The demands raised by the students’ organisation were discussed in detail and while there was progress in some issues, a complete fulfilment would require detailed discussion, said ATSUM.
According to the ATSUM press statement, the concerned department would examine and process the issues immediately and the next round of meeting with the chief minister N Biren Singh will be held on September 25.
The bandh was called in protest against the state government’s failure to act to the agreed charter of demands between the three Hill-based apex students’ bodies- All Tribal Students Union Manipur (ATSUM), All Naga Students’ Association Manipur (ANSAM) and Kuki Students Organisation (KSO-GHQ) to the Manipur government on August 13, 2019.
As per reports, the state government assured the student bodies to fulfill their demands in two to three months; however, no such action has been taken up in any of the demands till date even after a year.
The demands include addressing the shortage of teaching and non-teaching staff in the hill schools, regularisation of contract teachers appointed in 2006 under the Education (S), filling up of all backlog ST posts vacant in various categories of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) among others.