ATSUM & federating units suspends its VP for his unilateral decision

Senapati: Emergency meeting of the All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur (ATSUM) and its federating units held at Senapati on Tuesday suspended the vice president of the apex tribal student body.

This development comes after the vice president, ATSUM, Vanlallien Khaute appended his signature in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the government of Manipur (GoM) and different tribal student bodies on August 7 without consulting his executives and office bearers.

Addressing media persons at Senapati, Kakai Singsit, finance secretary of ATSUM stated that ATSUM together with its federating units had a crucial discussion and deliberation on the ongoing situation in the Hill Areas of Manipur (HAC). The meeting reportedly decided to denounce the MoU that was signed between GoM and different tribal student bodies on August 7 because, not a single office bearers and executives were consulted when the MoU was signed on that day.

The student leader mentioned that whoever has signed in it had done in their own individual capacity without consulting his colleagues and the executives. In view of the unilateral decision by the vice president of ATSUM, Vanlallien Khaute stands suspended from the executives of the ATSUM. For further course of action, the student leader stated that another meeting will be organised on Wednesday in the hill areas of Manipur at 2 pm. All the stakeholders of ATSUM, ANSAM and KSO-GHQ and its federating units will reportedly have thorough discussion on how to move forward in the present scenario.

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In a press communique issued from the information & publicity, it said that the All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur and its federating units on Tuesday denounce the agreement signed between the GoM, Hill Areas Committee and ATSUM, ANSAM & KSO-GHQ that was signed on August 7 in matters relating to the impasse of the HAC Recommended “The Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Council Bill, 2021.”

The decision of the denouncement was made in the event of the agreement being signed at the unilateral capacity and decision of the individuals involved in the agreement without consulting the executives of ATSUM and federating units. In this regard, the office of ATSUM suspends Vanlallien Khaute from the post of vice president, ATSUM with immediate effect for gross violation of the conduct of the union by unilaterally appending signature to the agreement on August 7 last.

ATSUM, ANSAM and KSO-GHQ and its federating units together with senior leaders are reportedly convening an emergency meeting on August 10 to seek a common way forward of the ongoing movement for introducing the HAC recommended “The Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Council Bill, 2021” in the Manipur Legislative Assembly and enactment of the same into an Act.

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