Student bodies cry foul as Govt appoints new CS

IMPHAL, 1st Aug: Subsequent to retirement of Dr J Suresh Babu, additional chief secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar has been asked to take charge of the vacant chief secretary post of the state.
An order in this regard has been issued by the department of personnel & administrative reforms (personnel division) Saturday.
Dr Rajesh Kumar is an IAS officer of 1988 batch of Manipur cadre.
In a separate order issued Saturday, Dr Rajesh Kumar has been asked to take charge of DP, home, AR, cabinet and chief vigilance commissioner in addition to his earlier charges of IT, planning, finance and OSD to chief minister.
The appointment of Rajesh Kumar has evoked sharp criticisms from various organisations, the students’ bodies in particular.
Calling for reviewing the appointment order and honour the MoU signed earlier for making a native IAS officer head the state’s administration, Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM), Apunba Ireipakki Maheiroi Sinpanglup (AIMS), All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) accused the state government of deliberately ignoring the 6-point MoU without considering the interest of the native people.
In a joint release, the student bodies contended that fulfilment of the demand with regard to point no.3 of the MoU which states “The State Government assures to consider the demand in due course of time without affecting the interest of the native officers” is within the capability of the state government.
Pointing out that there is no good reason as to why a native civil servant shouldn’t be given the chance to hold the post of Chief Secretary, the bodies stressed that they might not reiterate the demands if all the requisite criteria in terms of capability and seniority are not fulfilled.
Native officers have been disgracefully denied the post they deserve and this trend of making appointment at the whims and fancies from Nagpur and the national capital shows that there is no popular government in Manipur, the release observed while stating that all ethnic communities living in the state of Manipur will be doomed if such activities continue. So, in the best interest of all, the order issued should be reviewed and the MoU signed on 9th June, 2018 is respected, the student bodies made it clear.
Demanding revocation of the order issued to effect appointment of an ‘outsider’ as Chief Secretary (CS) of the state, Joint Students’ Coordinating Committee (JSCC) also urged the government to appoint a qualified native bureaucrat officer as the CS.
In a release, JSCC pointed out that there are many well qualified native bureaucrat officers who have experiences in administration. But the state government has been appointing outsiders to please their masters at New Delhi thereby neglecting the wishes and aspirations of the native people, it charged. In-spite of the public voicing for appointing a qualified native bureaucrat officer to the top administrative post, the government has issued an order appointing a non-native as Chief Secretary (in-charge), JSCC lamented while demanding revocation of the order issued on August 1 so as to facilitate appointment of a native IAS officer as Chief Secretary of the state.
Contending that the administration of Manipur has not been making significant progress as outsiders who do not have proper knowledge about the land are appointed as permanent executive, JSCC categorically stated that the Union government is responsible for underdevelopment of Manipur as India has been neglecting the wishes of the people and suppressing prolific human resources of the state. As such, the state government should withdraw the previous order and appoint a native IAS officer as CS of the state, the release asserted.

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