ATSUM reminds Govt on ST seat deal

IMPHAL, 7th Jun: All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) has urged the state government to adhere to the agreement reached between the two sides on August, 2019 regarding the former’s long pending demand for filling up of ST backlog posts of assistant professors.
ATSUM in a press release expressed its sincere appreciation for Manipur government’s responsive combat against COVID-19 while thanking doctors, nurses, health workers, security personnel, CSOs and volunteers for risking their own lives for the safety of every state native.
The union then stated that it acknowledged the state government for its cabinet decision on June 5 for filling up of 190 posts of assistant professors in government colleges under the Higher Education department through MPSC.
“Nevertheless, ATSUM earnestly requests the state government to kindly adhere to the agreed terms of the official discourse between ATSUM and government of Manipur held on August 13, 2019 at Chief Minister’s Conference Hall in the presence of Chief Minister Biren Singh, wherein the long pending demand of ATSUM for filling up of ST backlog/shortfall vacancies of assistant professors was agreed to by the government,” the tribal students’ body said.
Further referring to the two sides’ agreement, ATSUM stated that the meeting endorsed the Higher Education department’s report that “there are around 166 numbers of backlog/shortfall posts of assistants for ST. Process for filling up of the ST backlog/shortfall posts along with financial involvement will be worked out by the Higher Education department and the same will be put up before the government/state cabinet for obtaining approval within one month’s time.”
“It is worth mentioning that, in consonance with the office memorandum of the Department of Personnel and Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India, ATSUM had been persistently apprising the Manipur state government to fill up the backlog/shortfall vacancies of Scheduled Tribes in various posts including assistant professors in government colleges since 2013. “Accordingly, the then state government issued a recruitment notice for filling up of 280 numbers of assistant professors (including ST backlog/shortfall vacancies) in government colleges through MPSC vide Advt No 15/2014 dated 15/11/2014. However, with the intervention of the High Court of Manipur, the backlog/shortfall vacancies could not be filled as the recruitment notice for the same did not specify the backlog/shortfall vacancies of ST. And as such, on November 17, 2017, official meeting between ATSUM and state government agreed to notify for recruitment of assistant professors for filling up ST backlogs/shortfalls simultaneously with declaration of the aforementioned recruitment. However, the agreement could not be materialised thus far,” it continued.
“Therefore, considering the aspiration of the tribal populace and ATSUM’s demand for equal representation in public employment under Article 16 of Indian Constitution, the Government of Manipur is fervently appealed to kindly materialise the agreed terms of filling up ST backlog/shortfall vacancies of assistant professors as transpired in the official discourse dated August 13, 2019,” ATSUM added.

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