Joy hails HC decree, likens MU raid to Myanmar 8888

IMPHAL, 12th Oct: While hailing the judgment of High Court of Manipur over the protracted Manipur University row, veteran politician Okram Joy has slammed the government for its failure to address the issue as well as failure on the administrative front.
Addressing media persons at his Kakwa residence on Friday, Joy called the Centre and state government as insincere in handling the MU issue, while hailing the appointment of Jarnail Singh as administrator of MU by the High Court as a just decision.
The government curtailed the fundamental rights of the public while handling the MU issue and reacted against statement of politicians who lost elections as if they are not allowed to speak on public issues. The midnight raid at Manipur University and hunting down students and teachers like criminals is akin to the August 8, 1988 incident in Myanmar, whose military government launched crackdown on its students killing many and forcing over 30,000 to flee the country, he said.
Interestingly, union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar, who frequently visited the state for election compaign, did not come or said a single word over the situation, he noted.
On the other hand, Tripura and Assam governments had implemented 7th Central Pay Commission while fulfilling their pre-poll assurances.
However, the BJP-led government in the state has been depriving its employees of the salary hike without even thinking how it promised to implement the same during the state assembly election. Tripura government, which is one of the NE states, with poor financial condition, managed to get a financial package of Rs 3000 crore for the purpose. Whereas, the state government has not been able to do so and it could be termed as competent on the part of the BJP led government of the state, O Joy contended.
He then questioned the results of the schemes taken up by MI department and other allied departments of agriculture sector while raising concern over the possibility of crop failure in the state due to rainfall deficit. He also enquired if availing fertilisers at the rate of Rs 1200 per bag to the villagers instead of Rs 240 was the objective of Go to Village mission.

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