Student bodies demands native officer as new chief secretary of Manipur

In a joint release on Friday, the student bodies warned that breach of agreement signed between the student bodies and the state government in 2018 will not only cause disenchantment in the bureaucracy but invite social upheavals in the state.

 

The All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM), Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM), Apunba Ireipakki Maheiroi Sinpanglup (AIMS) has demanded that a native officer amongst senior most IAS officers of the same batch in the state be given a chance as new chief secretary either by virtue of their seniority or the existing convention.

In a joint release on Friday, the student bodies warned that breach of agreement signed between the student bodies and the state government in 2018 will not only cause disenchantment in the bureaucracy but invite social upheavals in the state.

The release stated that they are of the knowledge that the incumbent chief secretary of Manipur Suresh Babu is retiring in the month of July after many years of illustrious service in the administration.

The release reminded the state government regarding the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the student’s bodies and the state government for appointment of a native IAS officer as the chief secretary.

It further added that the student bodies are hopeful that BJP government under N Biren Singh’s charismatic leadership will act in a fair and just manner, keeping in mind the interest of all ethnic communities of Manipur by upholding the MoU inked between the state government and the three student organisations on June, 2018 at chief minister’s office chamber.

The three student bodies are not oblivious of the mass rallies and democratic protests held at the heart of the capital (Imphal) for appointment of a native IAS officer as the chief secretary of Manipur but on failing to concede the demands, an MoU was inked containing four points for appointment of the same in due course of time, the release added. 

First Published:July 25, 2020, 8:33 a.m.

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