Sh Ajit

Sh Ajit

Sh Ajit, a resident of Khongman, Imphal East is a regular contributor of Imphal Times mostly news photo and articles. He is a father of a lovely son. His favourite quote is " A Picture is worth Thousand words". He can be contacted at [email protected]

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Imphal, Nov 12:

The North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) once re-iterated its stands against the Citizenship Amendment Act.
In an online meeting held today by the members of the NESO which comprises representatives from the seven North Eastern states Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland the statement of the Union Home Minister in connection with the CAA has been strongly opposed.
“The house voiced its strong opposition and vehemently condemned the recent statement of the Union Home Minister with regards to the Citizenship Amendment Act. As had been expressed earlier through different mediums, NESO once again reiterated its stiff opposition to this draconian act which is clearly detrimental to the indigenous populace of the North East region. The NESO would like to mention that even though the case is pending in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, yet the constituent organisations of NESO are at full liberty to design their own course of agitation taking into account their respective ground situation, in coordination with NESO, a statement signed by NESO Chairman Samuel B Jyrwa and Secretary General  Sinam Prakash Singh said.
The tenure of the current Executive Council of NESO has also been agreed to extend for another year due to the prevailing situation arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The statement of NESO expressed its anguish and grave concern of the situation arising out of the border dispute between Assam and Mizoram. NESO is strongly of the opinion that such unfortunate circumstances evolve due to the failure of the successive governments to solve this long pending issue in the past and present. Despite the ongoing stalemate, NESO strongly opines that there should be normal and free flow of goods, materials and essential commodities between the two states. Even though talks are initiated between the two states at the level of the respective Chief Secretaries, yet no improvement was observed on the ground.
NESO demands that talks should be conducted at the level of the two Chief Ministers so as to bring a lasting and permanent solution thereby ensuring safety and normalcy to the people living on both sides of the border at all times.
It further added that the Pandemic has brought untold miseries to people from all walks of life due to the restrictions and lockdowns imposed by the Government. At the receiving end are entrepreneurs and self-employed youths who are availing loans from various financial institutions.
The NESO appeals to all financial institutions in the region to exempt monthly loan payments during the restricted and lockdown periods and extends the deadline to a further date so as to ensure that entrepreneurs and self-employed youths do not suffer in their struggle to make ends meet.  
The statement further stated that the students are also largely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic whereby there is a long and abrupt disruption of classes and examinations. The Union Ministry of Education had recently announced that examinations should be conducted at all costs and states have to devise mechanisms to ensure that all students are able to appear in their respective examinations. At present, all North Eastern states are complying with the direction by conducting exams preferably through online mode. However, certain anomalies were detected with regards to the online examination conducted. There are many areas in the North East region which have very poor network connectivity and some are yet to be connected online. Owing to this fact, the NESO highly recommends the respective governments and educational institutions to facilitate both online and offline mode of examinations so as to ensure that not a single student is left out of the examination process conducted in this pandemic it added.

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Imphal, Nov 9:

North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) has supported the struggle of common students regarding unjustified fee being levied from the students in Manipur University. In this regard, a memorandum was submitted to the V-C office today by the common students. It should be noted that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, no physical classes have been conducted during the past year. Even the exams have not been conducted in the physical mode and assessment has been done only through the assignments. As such, levying of examination fee for the second semester for which only assignments have been taken, is unjustified. In this regard,
NEFIS further stated that after the students objected to it, a notice was recently released which made a provision for 30% deduction in fee which would be refunded after payment is made in full. There is no basis for taking examination fee when no examinations have been conducted. This move can be seen as extortion in the name of examination fee. Similarly, reduction of field trip fee by 50 per cent carries no logic. It is also appalling that when the students tried to raise the issue before Assistant Registrar (Academic), her response was completely insensitive and completely disregarded the concerns of the students.
“NEFIS supports the demands of common students that fees should not be unreasonably charged from the students, the unused fees should be refunded in toto, and examination fee should be charged reasonably i.e. under heads of form fill-up, marksheet, etc., and examination fee should not be taken as actual physical exams never happened. NEFIS pledges to support the common students in their struggle in the coming days:, a statement said.

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Imphal, Nov. 7:

All Manipur Students Union (AMSU) while appreciating the Commissioner of Education (S) for exempting the school fees for student of private schools from April 2020 to June 2020 and payment of only 30% fees from July 2020 to March 2021 , said that fees of those students who are below the poverty line should be exempted as well.

Secretary General of the All Manipur Student’s Union (AMSU) , Bipinchandra Ahanthem while talking to media persons said that exemption of fees during the lockdown called due to COVID -19 pandemic is welcome and payment of 30% for the remaining month till March 2021 is also acceptable, however, for those students who are below the poverty line the government should issue order to let them in without paying the fees. 

The Manipur Government order also stated that the private school teachers, Aided schools teachers and staffs should be paid 50% of their salary from April 2020. Following the government order, the AMSU had announced lifting of the boycott called against the private schools and appealed all schools authority to comply with the government order.

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Imphal, Nov 8:

Manipuri students Association Delhi (MSAD) showed serious concern over the fate of minorities communities of Assam.
In a statement, the MSAD said that people of Assam and Manipur have been in good terms of relationship in various spheres even before India got independence from the British empire. The statement said that the deprived minorities including Meetei and Meitei Pangal in Barak valley and those scattered in the districts of Dima Hasao Nagaon Morigaon Kamrup Karbi Anglong, Tinsukia and Jorhat who share a common language, socio-cultural norms, and traditions, have been struggling a prolonged effort for their own survival and safeguard, all at their own level without any political support.
On the minority people in this region particularly the Meetei and Meitei Pangal have been facing huge political, social, cultural, and economic disadvantages and are facing great difficulties in their struggle for survival and safeguarding themselves, the statement added.
It added that their dignity of living in this region, is at stake. Without political safeguards, the people have been facing an unrestricted loss of their own land in the hands of migrant influxes from the neighbouring country. The people, particularly have been facing negligence and been suffering from poverty. There are cases of Manipuri medium schools trying to be shut down in the pretext of low performance instead of taking up measures to strengthen the same, depriving the people to study in their own language. Their voices concerning social and economic deprivation and impoverishment have been nowhere to be alighted it added.
The demand for political, social, economic and linguistic upliftment from the minority Meetei and Meitei Pangal is considered legitimate in view of the privileges granted to the similar backward communities namely Moran. Montak and Kuch Rajbhansi. The minority Meetei and Meitei Pangal have been living in the Barak valley and scattered in the districts of Dima Hasao, Nagaon, Morigaon. Kamrup. Karbi Anglong. Tinsukia. and Jorhat. Mauipur Students’ Association Delhi stands in solidarity with the deprived minority Meetei and Meitei Pangal in the Barak Valley and various districts of Assam, who share a common language, socio-culture norms, and historical circumstances with those in Manipur. MSAD adjure the concerned authority to kindly look into the situation and lake up favourable actions.

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