Imphal, Sept. 12
All Tribal Rights’ Protection Forum Manipur (ATRPFM) through this press statement would like to appeal the Minister (TA&Hills) to summon both the dispute parties of Directorate of Tribal Affairs and Hills, i.e. N. Kaikho Mao and L. Rajendro Singh regarding allotment of HoO and DDO works and solve the issue without any further delay. If the concerned Minister fails to do the needful, the issue may go individualize between the two officers which is not constructive at all. There are rules for allotment of works of HoO and DDO of which we have already submitted to the concerned authorities with related documents and there is interse-seniority list. Allotment of works shall be in accordance with those rules and notifications.
It may be mentioned that Mr. L. Rajendro Singh is 9 years junior to Mr. N. Kaikho Mao and the former has long way to go in his career. But Mr. N. Kaikho Mao has only few years to continue in service. Time will come for junior officers to hold the works of HoO and DDO. Thus, senior officer(s) should be given work allotment as deserved. Mr. L. Rajendro Singh will definitely become HoO and DDO within few years but it’s not right to bypass a senior in advance when senior is still there.
It is therefore, Hon’ble Minister shall summon both the officers and settle the matter amicably and in accordance with rules. ATRPFM will wait till 14th September, 2019, thereafter, if the concerned Minister could not settle the matter amicably, we would act against the Minister concerned and the State Government along with like-minded organisations. This shall not construe as communal but sanctity of seniority has to be maintained, otherwise society would be full of chaos.
All tribal civil organisations are also requested to look into the matter and take steps to correct the wrong. TA & Hills is the one and only Department for tribal welfare and we could not remain mute spectator when rules are violated and infringed upon by some self-interest people and the State Government dominated by a dominant community.
Pinky Salam, a young and enthusiastic Reporter is working with Imphal Times since 2018. Apart from being a reporter, he is a musician and plays Guitar in his spare time. Pinky is a resident of Sagolband Salam Maning Leikai, Imphal and lives with his parents. He can be reached at [email protected]