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Jeet Akoijam

Jeet Akoijam, Resident Editor of Imphal Times hails from Singjamei Liwa Road. Has been with Imphal Times since its start. A regular Trekker and Nature Lover, loves spending time in lap of Mother Nature. Jeet is the father of two lovely kids.

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MHRC’s indifference towards Babysana’s death and its concern for the school will surely wake the people up: SSUM

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Imphal, July 23,

Socialist Students’ Union Manipur (SSUM), in a statement concerning the death of Babysana today, said that it respects the decision taken by Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) on the matter of Babysana’s death and called off the decision to ban Standard Robarth School. SSUM stated that Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) which was indifferent when it came to the death of a student and is now saying that it is wrong to ban the school. MHRC’s stand on the matter will surely wake the people up on what is going on.  SSUM’s statement asserted that the people will clearly see the truth behind the decision of MHRC. SSUM said that the organization will continue the movement using democratic means and is prepared for various movements concerning Right to Education in the state. SSUM, in the statement, said that the organization will make it known to the people that rich and power cannot do whatever they want.

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ATRPFM threatens 24 hours bandh at 3 NHs from midnight of July 23

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Imphal, July 19,

The All Tribal Rights’ Protection Forum Manipur (ATRPFM) had submitted ultimatum to the Chief Minister of Manipur threatening 24 hours bandh in the three National High ways from the midnight of July 23 if the state government fails to fulfill their demand by July 22.

The ultimatum was also submitted to the Minister for TA and Hills , Chief Secretary and Additional Chief Secretary TA & Hill.

The ATRPFM has been demanding   revocation the order dated 08.07.2019 issued by Chief Secretary (DP), Govt. of Manipur with regard to transfer and posting of a non-tribal as director in TA & Hills Department and to transfer MD. Rahimuddin Khan, LDC, TA&Hills, Department Engineering Section.

 The ultimatum stated that the Department of Personal and Administrative Reforms, (DP) Govt. of Manipur has a deafened ear to the hue cry of the tribal people despite of repeated approached and appealed. And, due to the negligence and non-positive response from the Govt to the demand of the ATRPFM, and as all peaceful means to secure the justice in the above-referred matter have been exhausted, we have no other options except to take up our own course of action of which for any untoward outcome the Government shall be solely responsible.

It said that the TA & Hills Department, Govt. of Manipur is responsible for many sub-ordinate Departments like MTDC, TRI, six ADCs of Manipur, and the Director itself is also an ex-officio member of the Manipur State Commission which clearly reflected that a post of Director, TA & Hills should be hold by a person who have well verse knowledge of custom, culture, and identities of tribal people residing in the State of Manipur. A Director of such a Department is also to handle tribal people with different conflicting backgrounds and mentalities and as such non-tribal officer may not be comfortable for all those things. We have apprehension that when a Director does not understand the conflicting interests of different tribal communities, conflicts between tribes may occurred within the tribal communities in the days to come.

It also stated that frequent transfer and posting of Director, TA & Hills has hampered the smooth functioning of the Department as every new Director does not know any files or works and he will solely depend on his staffs. Any officer on deputation is supposed to serve the Department for minimum of two years and can be extended upto 3 years. But these things are not observed at all in the Department, the statement added.

The ATRPFM said that they had even met the Chief Secretary of Manipur and have discussed in the matter, but even the Chief Secretary who is the Head of Executive has failed to keep his commitment.

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ATSUM warns RIMS authority to stir agitation if they didn’t rectify the violation of reservation

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Imphal July 18,

Concerning about reservation violation of tribal in the notification for LDC of RIMS and also the seats of MBBS students All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) warned intense agitation if RIMS authority doesn’t rectify it at the earliest.

Addressing in a press meet held today at Administrative centre of ATSUM, Adimjati Complex Chingmeirong General Secretary of ATSUM Seiboi Haokip said that the notification for the post of LDC of RIMS violated the reservation system. He added that as per the guidelines of Department of Personnel and Training there is a clear cut policy to follow State Reservation Norms at the Central Institution which is around 34 percent for ST in our State.

Unfortunately according to the notification out of the nine posts for LDC, 5 were Unreserved, 2 reserved for SC, 1 reserved for ST and 1 reserved for OBC which completely violates the DOPT guidelines, Seiboi stressed.

He further said that they have given written application to the Director regarding the matter but no sign of rectification was done from the RIMS.

Seiboi urged the RIMS authority to rectify it under the State reservation norms.

Regarding 25 additional seats of MBBS he said that there is also a violation of reservation system where 11 seats are reserved for economically weaker section, 10 were unreserved seats and 4 for all India.

The economically weaker sections have 10 percent reservation for the General category.

The central institution should also follow state norms regarding reservation where 7 seats for SC, 4 seats for OBC, 1 seats for SC and 2/3 seats for Economically weaker section and 10 seats should be unreserved out of the 25 MBBS seats.

He also urged the authority to rectify it at the earliest.

Seiboi warned that ATSUM will launch agitation if the authorities fail to rectify it.

“We will fight for our right for our befitting share”, he concluded.

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NEFIS demands immediate removal of irregularities in disbursal of Non-Net Fellowships

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Imphal, July 17,

The North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) had submitted a memorandum to the Administrator (Vice Chancellor) of Manipur University demanding removal of irregularities in the disbursal of Non-NET fellowships to the research scholars enrolled at Manipur University. These fellowships were instituted to be granted to all the research scholars i.e. those enrolled in M.Phil and Ph.D courses at the Central Universities across the country however, the scholars of Manipur University were being denied the fellowship. The amount had not been released since 2017.

A statement said that the research scholars represented by North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) had made a representation to the University Grants Commission (UGC) seeking an immediate intervention into the matter. It added that following the representation the UGC authorities had written to the MU authorities seeking a clarification in the matter. Consequent to it, the MU authorities had started disbursing the Non-NET fellowships to the research scholars vide Office Order/240 dated 12th June, 2019.

However, still many irregularities concerning the disbursal of the fellowship remain, the NEFIS statement added.  

It said the scholars are only being given fellowship amount of 3 months, and it is not at all made clear by the university as to which particular months they have received their fellowships for. Further, some things still remain unclear as to when do the scholars start receiving their fellowships i.e. from the date of their admission as at all other Central Universities or after the completion of their coursework.

NEFIS, through the memorandum, had demanded that these irregularities should be immediately removed. It also terms the disbursal of Non-NET fellowships a victory of its struggle, since it was disbursed after NEFIS’s and others’ efforts. NEFIS would be taking up other issues of students of MU and intensifying its struggle in the coming days.

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