The apex tribal student body is not happy with the Manipur government for failing to materialise the April 7, 2021 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with regard to the Autonomous District Council (ADC) elections.
ATSUM information and publicity secretary Khaiminlen Doungel said that sidelining well trained and experienced officers with technical background tantamount to questioning the sincerity of the government.
The state government should accelerate the vaccination programme in the entire tribal villages of the hills and adopt appropriate SOPs to facilitate smooth and safe conduct of the impending ADC election, publicity secretary ATSUM Khaiminlen Doungel said.
ATSUM appealed to all the ethnic communities of Manipur to refrain from using provocative statements over Mt Koubru.
The state government has decided to announce the election notification of the Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) on or before May 5, 2021, so that the elections are completed by June 25, 2021.
The total shutdown was imposed in connection with the arrest of three ATSUM leaders on Monday night by Manipur police over the democratic agitation of ATSUM against the delay of ADC Election in the state.
The state government held a meeting with representatives of All Tribal Students Union, Manipur (ATSUM) and Demand Committee for Creation of Autonomous District Councils on Monday.
The state Cabinet on Sunday agreed to take a decision by March 31 on the issue of holding ADC elections in the hill districts of Manipur.
Bandh call by ATSUM carried out effectively in all hill districts of Manipur on Saturday.
The GSO stated in a release that the demand to conduct the long delayed election for six Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) is fully supported by the students' organisation.
ATSUM general secretary SR Andria lamented that Christians have been victimised with the government allegedly targeting only churches.
The All Tribal Students Union Manipur (ATSUM), the Kuki Students Organisation (KSO) and the All Naga Students Association Manipur (ANSAM) warned that they will no longer remain silent if their demands are neglected.
General secretary ATSUM SR Andria questioned at a press meet in Imhal how the churches were excluded in the regularisation of religious structures.
The All Tribal Students' Union stated that Christmas is an occasion to spread the message of love, peace, compassion and tolerance.
All Tribal Students Union Manipur president Seiboi Haokip said that the hospital is presently functioning with only maximum seven to eight nurses of the total sanctioned staff strength.
The All Tribal Students Union Manipur, as a part of its tour of hill districts in Manipur, visited Tamenglong district on December 1.
General secretary of ATSUM SR Andrea said that deferring ADC elections amounts to suppressing the constitutional rights of the tribal people in the state.
ATSUM general secretary Andria Sinruwng stated in a release that the deferred agitation is liable to resume in the event of the state government’s failure to materialise the agreed terms over ADC election issue.
The tenure of ADCs will end on November 30.
The ATSUM pointed out that the five-year term for the ADC chairmen expired on June 1 according to the Manipur (Hill Areas) District Council Act, 1971.
The tenure of the incumbent members of the six ADCs of the hill districts of Manipur will expire by November 2020
The student bodies, however, warned of resuming intense forms of agitations from September 26 if the state government delayed the demands of the tribal students.
A charter of demands was submitted by the tribal bodies to the state government on August 13, 2019.
ATSUM warns that any lapses and substandard quality of works encountered during the inspection tour will face its wrath.
The All Tribal Students Union Manipur, Kuki Students Organisation, general headquarters and All Naga Students Association Manipur warned that they will not remain silent if the state government and the HiDiSAM does not bring an amicable solution at the earliest.
The All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) has appealed to the state government to resolve 7th UGC Pay and Regulation, 2018 demanded by the college teachers so that the admission process and other academic activities are not disturbed once the educational institutions are reopened.
The All Tribal Student's Union Manipur pointed out that the Higher Education department reported that there were around 166 backlog/shortfall posts of Assistant Professors for STs.