Students` bodies withdraw boycott

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IMPHAL, July 11:  The student bodies of the state including Manipur Student’s Federation, All Manipur Students’ Union and the Democratic Students Alliance of Manipur and the Kangleipak Student Associaiton have today withdrawn the boycott of the education minister, principal secretary, education (s), director education (s), SSA department and the Board of Secondary Education Manipur following a three-tier assurance by the principal secretary education (s) to their demands regarding the non-availability of SSA textbooks in the state.

Representatives of the students’ bodies told IFP that the assurance was provided by the principal secretary during a meeting with representatives of the student bodies today.

During the meeting, the principal secretary education (s) has assured that the government will initiate the process for appointment of new chairman of the BOSEM at the earliest possible time.

The government representatives also assured that the BOSEM has already issued show cause notices to all the printing presses which have failed to print the text-books in time and that the board will blacklist them after a scrutiny.

Furthermore, during the meeting the government representatives also promise to initiate action against the persons responsible for selling text-books printed for SSA outside the state illegally.

The meeting which was attended by the principal secretary education (s), education (s) director, BOSEM secretary and representatives of the students’ bodies was convened with the approval of education minister DD Thaisii.

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