IMPHAL, March 3: A joint press statement issued by Kuki Students`™ Organisation, General Headquarters and All Naga Students` Association Manipur has stated that the government has to deliver first before expecting any positive actions from the agitating students, refusing to call off their agitations as the government which gave assurances after assurances on the IGNTU issue has failed to honour its promises.
The press release further stated that a joint team of the KSO, GH and ANSAM met IFCD & Stationery minister Ngamthang Haokip at his office around 9:30 am to discuss the demands of the IGNTU Students`™ Union, KSO and ANSAM at the invitation of the government on Monday in connection with the IGNTU issue.
Ngamthang Haokip assured the student leaders to construct the approach road from NH-2 to the University Campus at Makhan at the earliest possible date, requesting the student bodies to call off their agitation of picketing the PWD offices at the hill districts, it said. Appreciating the minister`™s initiative and concern shown by him, the student bodies, however, refused to call off the agitation as the government`™s assurances had repeatedly failed to materialise, it added.
The student bodies requested the government to first deliver on its promises and then start expecting positive actions from the agitating students. It further stated the IGNTU students have been boycotting classes since early January, demanding electricity, water supply and construction of the approach road from NH2 to the University campus at Makhan so that the next academic session of the university starts at its permanent site at Makhan in Senapati district, the press release said.
The class boycott were of no help in getting their demands; so, KSO and ANSAM were compelled to start picketing PWD offices at all the hill districts of the State since February 27, it said.
The released further stated that a joint meeting of KSO-GHQ and ANSAM will be held tomorrow to further discuss the issue and their mode of agitations.