IMPHAL, June 13 NNN : The state government of Manipur has assured the leaders of All Tribal Students Union, Manipur (ATSUM) during the meeting yesterday and following which the ATSUM has suspended its ongoing agitation with immediately effect.
Manipur government has agreed to the demand of the ATSUM leaders for the establishment of a separate State Commission for Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) in Manipur. According to ATSUM leaders, chief minister O Ibobi Singh had assured them in this connection. “Once established, the commission as in the case of Karnataka, the issue of reservation will be dealt with by the commission,” said the ATSUM.
The chief minister then assured that all the government schools in the hill districts will have adequate teaching and non-teaching staff. “In some schools there are more than 20 teachers for just few student or vice versa. The chief minister had assured us that the concerned authority will work out for the balance in this regard. After these are done, if more teaching staff are needed then recruitment of teachers will be done,” the ATSUM leaders added. The chief minister also assured to develop infrastructure of government schools in the hill districts. “He had also assured us to have B.Ed centres in the hill districts,” the ATSUM leaders added.
On health sector, the chief minister said more doctors will be recruited and the first preference will be given to the hill districts. “Out of 12 Primary Health Centres, Primary Health Sub-Centres (PHSC) etc., etc., in the hill districts only two are functional and that two with very poor effieciency while the rest 10 are non-functional,” pointed out the ATSUM leaders, adding, “Given this picture, the chief minister had said 50 specialist doctors will be recruited and the first preference will be given to the hill districts.” The chief minister also assured the ATSUM leaders that recruitment drive for the ST category at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS), Imphal will begin soon.
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