Senapati: The All Tribal Students Union, Manipur (ATSUM) in their press release on Monday has appealed to address the grievances of the students community in the backdrop of the prevailing situation in the state.
In a press release issued from the Department of Information and Publicity, ATSUM, it stated that in
this time of turmoil and conflict, when the ATSUM should be playing a proactive role, the organisation has been passive on issues ever since this crisis began. ATSUM expresses regret that it had to maintain silence to prevent disunity and misunderstanding among different communities. However, ATSUM is obligated to raise important concerns affecting the student community of the state for prompt redressal during this time of grief and pain that is relentlessly affecting the state. As the madness of violence and unrest remains unabated in the state for the past 74 days, the students community bored the brunt of the situation where thousands had to flee their respective educational institutions in both valley and hills for want of safety. While students and families are running pillar to post for readmission in educational institutions in safe areas for continuation of student’s academic courses, myriads of difficulties are faced by the students, it stated. The difficulties includes financial demand for payment of admission fees, uniform charges, purchase of books and other stationary charges etc., inconveniences in transfer of students names from one school to other in BOSEM/COHSEM, inconveniences of transfer from State board to Central board and vice-versa.
Since the onset of the prevailing unrest in the state, the state government ordered closure of internet services in the state to curb the turmoil. However, restoration of normalcy in the state appears illusive despite internet services being suspended for the last two and half months. The continuous closure of internet services in the state instead causes more suffering to the people especially the student community who are denied of access to information and other academic materials. This is tantamount to deprivation of human rights. The students pursuing higher studies in the state and students preparing for competitive exams are left in the lurch as they could not access to information, the student body lamented. If this trend of closing internet services in the state is not reviewed promptly, the future of the students appears grim, it stated.
The decision of the state administration to resort to “No Work, No Pay” policy to restore normalcy in the state is quite disturbing as it aggravate the wounds of the government employees across all communities who had fled their posting places as they feel unsafe due to the prevailing strife. Rather than imposing tyranny on its innocent employees, the state administration should give more effort on building confidence and bridging the gap between communities.
While expressing discontentment against the Central and State government failure to end the mayhem in the state and having utmost concern for the future of the students, the All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) draws immediate attention of the state administration, concerned authorities and educational institutions to address the grievances of the students by facilitating One time Exemption of admission fees, transfer of students names from one school to other in BOSEM/COHSEM, transfer from State board to Central board and vice-versa. ATSUM earnestly requests one and all across all communities to stop this madness of violence and give humanity a chance to prevail, it said.