IMPHAL, March 11, 2018: ATSUM- All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur on Saturday began its shut-down stir of all the Zonal Education Offices (ZEOs) in the hill districts of Manipur.
As a part of the stir, around 15 youths volunteers of ATSUM has closed down a zonal education office (ZEO) in Churachandpur district since Saturday, an official source said.
Reports of shutting down of other ZEO offices in Ukhrul and other hill districts were also reported.
In Ukhrul district, the office has been locked down since Saturday afternoon from around 4 pm by members of Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong.
ATSUM launched the stir protesting against the state education department’s move to digitize all service books of its rank and files at the education directorate in Imphal. The tribal based student body is demanding decentralization of the digitization process at the respective ZEO offices and not at the directorate education (school) office in Imphal.
After the state authority failed to meet the demand despite repeated request, ATSUM on Friday announced to go ahead with its proposed stir of shutting down ZEO offices across the hill districts with immediate effect.
While drawing government’s attention towards their demand, the ATSUM maintained that Manipur is a land inhabited by diverse communities with unique ethos and dialects and as such it will be sensible on the part of the education directorate (schools) to assign the matter to the concerned ZEOs.
The students’ body also clarified that it was not against the process of digitization. “But the method applied for an effective process was filled with perils as printing mistakes on the part of the computer operators will seriously affect those individuals whose names or records are misprinted,” it said. Adding to it, ATSUM also said, “the victims of such error will have to visit the directorate office, often for correction, which will result in huge expenditures in travelling and inconveniences to those who travels to Imphal from far places”.
Justifying its demand, as per the reports collected from individuals whose names and service records were misprinted earlier, ATSUM alleged that those individuals were forced to shell out hefty sums of at least Rs 15,000 for travelling and other processes.
At the same time, the strength of the office assistant of the directorate, were simply not enough to meet the eventual traffic of employees coming for correction, as the total strength of service persons serving under education (s) was approximately around 15,000 in total.
ATSUM suggested that it will be better for the directorate to assign the work to the respective ZEO’s as this will enhance speedy completion of the process with minimal mistakes.
The students’ body has also warned that it would intensify the agitation if their genuine demand is not considered by the state government.
Source: Nagaland Post
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