Hill teachers’ body mulls strike against decentralisation

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IMPHAL, July 12:The All Manipur Hill Teachers’ Association (AMHTA) has strongly opposed the state government’s plan to decentralize the administrative power of elementary schools operating in the hill district under the Autonomous District Council (ADC).
It has further announced its decision to go on a strike in case of the government’s failure to revoke the order immediately.
In a statement, AMHTA stated that the decentralization plan is unacceptable as it is a policy which will downgrade the status of the education (S) department. Further, the education system in the hill districts will suffer once the newly adopted system is implemented.
At the same time, it further opposed the directive in the new policy which allows the conversion of the SMDC composition to SMC where in the chairman will be an elected member of the ADC. Under this system, the bank account is to be jointly operated by the head master and executive director of DRDA.
Despite repeated appeals to revoke the order the government has failed to pay any attention which has compelled AMHTA to consider the option to strike work, it stated.

KCP arrested
IMPHAL, July 12 (NNN): An activist of KCP (Moramba) who doubled up as an active army man was arrested by police in Bishnupur district last week.
Thirty-one-year old O Indrakumar alias Tamphasana from Ningthoukhong Khakhunou in Bishnupur district was arrested on July 9 from a bus stand, said police source.
The source further added that Bishnupur police arrested him during a frisking and checking operation following a reliable input that a KCP(Moramba) activist Tamphasana was in the vicinity planning subversive activities.
During interrogation he revealed his identity as an active serviceman of 23 Assam Rifles bearing rifle no. 5000449 and currently posted at Yaingangpokpi post in Ukhrul district.
On earlier interrogation he identified himself as O Indrakumar aka Tamphasana while also revealing that he had joined KCP (Moramba) in the first week of April in 2011 through M Amu aka Somorjit aka Amuba.
He was reportedly invoved in extorting money from several persons and functioned as a project officer of the party.
According to his revelation, a strict instruction was given to him to route the extortion money through an SBI account to Moramba who stays in Gawahati.

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