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National projects crippled due to ban: ATSUM

IMPHAL, November 12: The All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur has today claimed that the ban imposed on national projects by the student body since mid-night of November 11 has crippled works on the railway line construction from Jiribam to Marangching.

Addressing the media at its office at Nagaram, Imphal, spokesperson Majabung Gangmei claimed that the 2nd phase of the agitation under the code name of Reckoning Of The Other (ROTO) started from midnight of November 11 banning all the national projects in Manipur including the ongoing railway line construction in Tamenglong district.

He said that it is unfortunate to reiterate that both constitutional and statutory laws are rendered virtually non-functional in the hill areas of the state. As a result of complacency of the elected representative of the Hills Area and for the fear of being black listed by the people at the helm of affairs have resulted in the deprivation and non-functioning of the Hills Area committee (HAC) by failing to require under the Governor of Manipur to discharge his special responsibilities under Article 371C of the Constitution of India.

He added that regarding grievances of the Hills people ATSUM has submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister of Manipur O Ibobi on November 27 2012.

The memorandum consisted some charter of demands on education; appointment/recruitment of adequate teaching and non-teaching staffs in the Hill districts, necessary infrastructure of schools in the Hills areas, setting up of B.ed centres in the hill districts, early solution to the IGNTU crises, on health; to make all PHSC, PHC, CHC and DHC functional, proper equipment with required specialists Doctors and Nurses in the district Hospitals of the Hill, on the separate state commission for ST, Adherance to ST reservation norms as per the latest roster, for encouraging equitable development through special responsibilities under 371 C of the constitution of India, to bring the present ADC in Manipur at par with other ADCs in the North East State of India, we demand re-organization (Delimitation) of Assembly seats on the basis of the latest population census and sharing of 30/30 seats between the hills and Valley.

Majabung further said that the agitation started on June 4 2013 with the ban imposed on railway line construction, but following full assurance from the state government that the demand will be tabled in the Monsoon season assembly sitting of the state on June 12, 2013 the agitation was suspended till yesterday, however, not a single demand has been fulfilled by the state government.

He said, the agitation will continue in the hills district head quarters of the state in the near future. We shall neither rest nor waver until our genuine democratic demand are demand, he added.    

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