ATSUM provides aid

IMPHAL, Apr 11 : All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) has to day provided relief items to villagers of Sirarakhong.
Portion of the village had sunk damaging more than 7 dwelling houses on April 5. Since then, various organisations have been continuously extending aid to the affected villagers.
ATSUM led by its president Joseph Hmar visited the village distributed 12 bags of rice, pulses and 2 bags of potatoes to the victims.
Joseph said that ATSUM will continue to extend all possible assistance to the victims.
He also urged the State Government to take up necessary steps to ease the hardships of the affected families.

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ATSUM demands “employment justice” for tribals

IMPHAL,  Jan 23 : Pertaining to the case of recruitment of Assistant Professor conducted by Manipur Public Service Commission for which the verdict was given by the High Court of Manipur on January 11, 2017, All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur today stated that it is a gross miscarriage of justice to the tribals of Manipur in particular.
In a statement, ATSUM said that against the total 280 posts of Assistant Professor, 58 posts was for unreserved category, 38 seats was for OBC while 184 posts were solely for the tribals due to the shortage and backlog in the past recruitment. This break up for category wise has been done in accordance with the present strength of service personnel for each community.
The State Government stoutly defended in the Court that although the Tribals reservation alone exceeded 50% of reservation, it was needed to give employment justice to the tribals for which they have been insufficiently represented in the past recruitment. The State Government admitted that tribals have not been done justice with their representation in Assistant Professor recruitment in the past.
However, much to the dismay of the tribal community, the Judge did not take cognizance of it but citing the Manipur Reservation Rules, 2011, it directed the State Government to limit the ceiling of 50% reservation and allots 50% of the total seats to the unreserved category. Thereby, the seat for tribals has been reduced by 97 from 184 to 87 (31%) while the posts for unreserved category has been increased from 58 to 140. It is not that the tribals are demanding for more seats from others but be adequately represented i.e. 31% taking into account of the past recruitment, ATSUM said.
As an apex student body of the tribals in Manipur, ATSUM beseeched the State Government to give “employment justice” to tribals in Assistant Professor by retaining the original seats of the tribals. At the same time, the result should be declared at the earliest possible as directed by the Court which has been pending since January, 2016. Otherwise the anti Tribal moves will invite the wrath of tribals in the coming 11 th Assembly Election of Manipur by launching intense agitation, it said.

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Organisations appeal for postponing election day

IMPHAL, Dec 24: DESAM, AIMS, ATSUM, KSO, ANSAM AND MUTSU has appealed to the Manipur University  Student’s Union Election Committee and the concerned MU authorities to postpone the coming Manipur University Student’s Union election 2016-17 scheduled on December 28 taking into account the prevailing condition of the State and the coming Christmas holiday.
In a press release issued today, the organisations pointed out that many of the students would not be able to exercise their voting rights due to the tense situation in the State and curfews being imposed in some areas.
Many of the candidates and students are from far off places and many also went away for Christmas to their homes and villages, it added.

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ATSUM bats for clean recruitment process

IMPHAL, Nov 16 : Advo-cating clean recruitment process, especially in the wake of the relaxation on the ban on recruitment, the All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur has today urged the Government to do away with the practise of giving privilege to the ‘highest bidder’ and due emphasis be given to merit.
Stating that reservation quantum for ST in employment is the core issue of ATSUM, the student body in a statement said that those at the helm of affairs should maintain the latest notification of November 14, 2014 which states, ‘if there are only three sanctioned posts for a particular service, the 200 point reservation may not apply and the third post may be automatically reserved for ST.’
ATSUM further said that the gentleman’s agreement with the Chief Minister on June 16, 2016 for fulfilling the charter of demands may be reckoned before the election code of conduct comes into force. The unfulfilled demands include setting up of BEd centres in the hills, regularisation of adhoc teachers, regularisation of DRDA staff, transfer of land records and overlapping of police jurisdiction, implementation of compendium on reservation for ST/SC and OBC in case of direct recruitment to group C and D post, added ATSUM
In case the grievances are not addressed to, ATSUM will impose a chakka bandh from 4 am to 4 pm on November 19, it added.

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ATSUM gives go ahead signal to tribal students to get admitted to MU

IMPHAL, Nov 12 : While acknowledging solidarity and constant support of the tribal populace and likeminded individuals of the State to the movement of asserting Constitutional tribal rights pertaining to reservation in admission at Manipur University during, the All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur (ATSUM) has appealed to all the tribal students who have been selected for admission at various PG courses at MU to get admission with immediate effect till November 16 as the reservation impasse has been brought to understanding through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between MU authority represented by Vice Chancellor and Registrar i/c and five students’ organization of the State namely ATSUM, DESAM, KSO-GHQ, ANSAM and MUTSU on November 7 based on the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act 2006 as amended in 2012 and the orders of the High Court of Manipur passed on October 26 this year.
Reiterating their stand to implement the Constitutional Act, ATSUM in a statement asked the Manipur University authorities to uphold the sanctity and integrity of the University by immediately rectifying the October 8 resolution of the Academic Council.

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MU reservation row persists ATSUM cries foul

IMPHAL, Nov 9 : The All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur (ATSUM) has taken strong exception to the decision of MU authority to abrogate the MoU signed on November 7 and added that it will not remain a silent spectator.
The MoU of November 7 was signed between ATSUM, KSO (GHqs), ANSAM, MUTSU, DESAM and the VC of the varsity and the Registrar.
Strongly condemning the volte face of the VC and MU authority, ATSUM in a statement said that they have taken the law into their hands overlooking the judgement of the High Court of Manipur and the directives of the UGC and the Ministry of Human Resource Department.
The very act of signing another MoU with another group of students and abrogating the MoU signed on November 7 testifies that MU authority is against the rule of law, said ATSUM. The Union Ministry of HRD had clearly stated that Deans and Heads of Departments are not competent to take decision or change reservation in admission, said ATSUM and hence the decision of the Deans and Heads of Departments taken on November 7 is not acceptable.
Such an arbitrary decision is a direct challenge to the tribal community, said ATSUM and added that an emergency meeting has been convened on November 10 at 10 am at the office of ATSUM to decide the future course of action.

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ATSUM suspends blockade Tripartite meet lined up

IMPHAL, Nov 5 : With the State Government viewing the imbroglio at Manipur University seriously, it has been decided that a tripartite talk will be held on November 7 at 10 am among representatives of ATSUM, the Vice-Chancellor of MU and the State Government to try and bring a final solution to the imbroglio, said ATSUM in a statement today and added that in view of the understanding thus reached, the ongoing economic blockade on the National Highways and the ban on National projects have been suspended.
On the invitation of the State Government, tribal organisations, under the aegis of ATSUM officially met representatives of the State Government, led by the Chief Minister today, said the statement and added that during the meeting ATSUM representatives and tribal leaders highlighted 10 points to ensure the Constitutional rights of the tribal people.
As the Academic Council of MU, Deans of students and the HoDs are the competent authority to take decision on or change reservation norms in admission, MU authorities had been directed by the Union HRD Ministry not to take any decision regarding admission to MU for the academic session 2016-17, said the statement.
The Registrar-in-charge of MU had on October 27 issued a notification to all the HoDs to declare the additional list of ST candidates for  admission to different courses in the varsity, overlooking the CEI (Reservation in admission) Act 2006 and as amended in 2012 as well as the ruling of the High Court of Manipur on October 26 this year, said ATSUM.
All these points were highlighted during the meeting with the CM, said the student body and added that the decision to hold the meeting on Monday was taken after this.

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ATSUM urges UNC to call off stir

The All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur (ATSUM) has urged the United Naga Council (UNC) to call off the ongoing economic blockade in the larger interest of the tribal fraternity and put collective efforts towards lasting peace in the land.
In an appeal, the student body said that it respects the demand of UNC, but urged it to call off the blockade and the ban on National projects against the creation of a new district.
‘The ATSUM is founded to look into the welfare of the tribal students in the State and beyond to raise a collective tribal voice against discrimination, marginalisation and manipulation and to walk towards strengthening unity and peaceful co-existence as good tribal brethren,’ said the student body in a statement.

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Blockade to continue : ATSUM

IMPHAL, Nov 3 : Asserting that the ongoing economic blockade will continue until and unless the reservation imbroglio at Manipur University is resolved, the All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur (ATSUM) said that its blockade started from midnight of October 28.
In a statement, ATSUM said that it is unfortunate that  the print and electronic media has sidelined the issue of the tribals by magnifying the UNC’s blockade and reducing the reservation issue into a microscopic item.
ATSUM has nothing to do with the UNC bandh as the issues are different, said the statement and added that it neither supports nor condemn the UNC’s course of action.
It was not the UNC which first announced the blockade, said ATSUM and added that schemes to over shadow the stir of ATSUM is a ploy to divide the tribals.
The student body also took strong exception to the news report carried by a daily under the caption, ‘UNC bandh cripples NHs’ and added that this is a malafide intention to split the unity and solidarity of the tribals. The sentence ‘supported by ATSUM’ is also misleading and unfounded, added the student body.
ATSUM further said that all the tribal students who have been admitted to various PG courses in MU in violation of the proceedings adopted by MUTSU and notice of ATSUM on October 31 should explain their stand on November 5.

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