Imphal, July 12,
Chie Minister N. Biren Singh today expressed his government concerns to the ongoing impasse at Manipur University saying that since the impasse begins his government has been urging the concern HRD Minister to solve the matter.
Regarding the total shut down called by the Joint Colleges Students’ Forum from today, the Chief Minister tender apology of July 7 incident if the police deployed on the day committed any excess to the students who reportedly came to submit memorandum to his office. He said as it was a high security zone and as the students tried to forcibly enter the office by pushing the gate, the police and the students have some confrontation while rendering their duty.
Regarding the ongoing impasse at Manipur University which is over 40 days old, Chief Minister, N. Biren Singh said that the government has been trying all at its capacity by intimating the Union HRD Ministry. Manipur University being a Central University, the state government is handicapped in to handle the issue, N. Biren Singh said while adding that as per the request of the state government the Union HRD Ministry had sent a Joint secretary to take stock of the situation.
As per the intimidation with the HRD Ministry he had called the MUSU and MUTA representatives and talk over the issue to find a solution, Biren said.
“I have talk with representatives of MUSU on June 18 and the following day I called upon the MUTA representative and talk with them if there is any way to find a solution to the issue”, the Chief Minister said.
“During my meeting with the MUTA representative I have suggested to conduct an enquiry over the allegations by keeping the VC Prof. AP Pandey as functionless. But that was declined by the MUTA representative as they stand firm with their demand for removal of the Vice Chancellor which is out of the purview of the state government”, Biren said.
On a question over the inactive part of the HRD Ministry over the 40 days old impasse, the Chief Minister said that Prof. Pandey had already reported to the central authority the impasse is due to the instigation of Underground militant groups as he had denied payment of Rs, 5 Crore demands to them.
“Prof. A P Pandey had already submitted his report and a copy of the demand note of Rs. 5 Crore has also been submitted to me which he said that the root of the agitation against him was failure to fulfil the demand of the UG”, the Chief Minister said.
The Union HRD Ministry changed its vocal to the issue after the burning of the Stadium and even directed to close down the university.
“ We had appealed the MUSU, MUTA and MUSA to constitute a fact finding team to find out if the allegations are true or not and following the finding we assured to take require action but as they denied and stand firm to the demand for removal of the Prof. AP Pandey, we are left with choice”, N. Biren said.
On a question by journalist on why no committee has been constituted by the HRD Ministry like it did at Viswa Bharati University where the then VC Sushant Dattagupta was sacked, the Chief Minister said that he himself along with his Ministerial team will leave Imphal for the National capital and will urge to do the needful.
William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since beginning. A avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue.