Imphal, Aug 26:
Three major tribal students’ body – the All Tribal Students’ Union (ATSUM), Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO) GHQ and the All Naga Students’ Association Manipur (ANSAM) today urged the government of Manipur to implement the assurances given to them in connection with the charter of demand submitted by the students’ body to the government on August 13 , 2019.
Seiboi Haokip, General Secretary of ATSUM, in a statement sent thorough whatsapp said that the tribal students’ bodies will decide for a next move if the state government fails to fulfill the demand – i.e implementation of the assurances given to them on or before August 31.
“As per assurances given to the students’ bodies in connection with the charter submitted on August 13, 2019, the government of Manipur had assured to fulfilled it by taking up all measures within 3 months with priority to Medical and education sectors”, Seiboi Haokip said.
He added that even after the assurances the government has not taken up anything to improved the health and education sectors till today. Assurances to appoint specialist doctors are just a mere lies and improvement of infrastructures as assured still is a distant dreamt.
At a time when people are facing extreme suffering due to the COVID -19 pandemic Health care service centers at Hill district are in most deteriorating condition with no proper health care infrastructures and manpower, Seiboi Haokip said adding that even the assured ambulances are yet to be seen in the hospitals .
“Everyone of us had seen patients being carried by villagers in stretchers and walking long distances to get medical treatment and the government seems no care about people of the interior district”, the student leaders said.
In connection with the Education sector, the three tribal student bodies expressed dissatisfaction with the government over failure to convert into action the assurances given to them. Seiboi Haoikip said that recruitment for vacant teachers post has not been done, regularization of the contract teachers assured during the meeting remain as a mere assurance and the appointment of 32 posts by the Tribal affairs department as well as appointment of MIL teachers have not been done so far.
“We will not remain quiet if the demands are not fulfilled by the government before August 31”, Seiboi Haokip said.