ATSUM warns of indefinite blockade from Aug 22

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KANGPOKPI, August 19: All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur today has mobilized for it proposed 24 hr total bandh in all hill district of the State from midnight of August 20.

Speaking to local media persons at Kangpokpi, president of the student body Emboi Serto said that his team was there to mobilise support at Sadar Hills and Senapati for the proposed 24 hr total bandh as well as for further course of agitation if the total bandh has no positive and fitting outcome.

“We will imposed indefinite economic blockade in all national highway from midnight of August 22 if the 24 hr total bandh bears no satisfactorily result from the part of the State government as well as the Manipur University”, asserted Emboi while adding that the demand of the ATSUM is very much legitimate and realistic.

Emboi alleged that after much propelling over the issue of implementation of Central Educational Institution (Reservation in Admission) Amendment Act 2012 in the state Manipur University authority claimed that the notification regarding the Act reached them only this year but the fact is that it was already in their hand.

“Has speed post become slow post in Manipur?” taking one year and seven months to reached Imphal from UGC office asked Emboi to the MU authority while arguing that the notification has already been sent to the MU authority by UGC more than one years back.

The tribal student apex body chief further pointed out in his official letter to the Prime Minister of India regarding New Land Uses Policy, Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh have factually written that the tribal population in the state have already exceeded more than 40%.

Therefore, there are no excuses and grounds for postponing the implementation of the Central Educational Institution (Reservation in Admission) Amendment Act 2012 even when one significant academic session had already been ignored due to lackadaisical attitude of the MU authority averred Emboi.

While alerting the general public Emboi stated that from midnight of Aug.20 till midnight of Aug.21 all vehicular movement, educational institutions, Govt. administrations, business establishments will be totally clogged. Only media and Medical will be relaxed from the purview of the bandh, added Emboi.

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