Students rally for Sadar Hills dist

IMPHAL, Oct 11 : Joining the outcry for creation of a
full fledged Sadar Hills district, thousands of
students studying in 17 different schools took out a
rally in Gamnom-Sapar-meina area today. The rally started from Songpao Lhinghat Memorial
Higher Secondary School, Saparmeina Bazar and
marched till the office of Gamnom-Saparmeina SDC . There, Thadou Students Association, Sadar Hills
which organised the rally, handed over a
memorandum to the SDC for further conveyance to
the Chief Minister The students chanted slogans like, “We demand
Sadar Hills district”, “Inaugurate Sadar Hills district”
etc. They also carried placards which read, “Sadar Hills
district for communities”, “Sadar Hills for Manipur
development”, “Sadar Hills for Sadar Hills people”,
“Sadar Hills for Manipur integrity”, “We want
immediate districthood” etc. Thadou Students Association, Sadar Hills president
Lamminlun Singsit said that the untold misery
being endured by Sadar Hills people because of the
ongoing economic blockade has the potential to
communalise the issue. Such negative impacts can upset the ‘unity in
diversity’. For all these reasons, the State Government ought
to upgrade Sadar Hills to a full fledged district, he


Govt reduces TET to grace marksexercise Manna to aspiring teachers

IMPHAL, Oct 7 : The State Government has awarded
grace marks to all the candidates who appeared for
the Teachers’ Eligibility Test, as the number of
candidates who scored the minimum marks for
quali-fication fell way below the number of
teachers pro-jected to be inducted soon. Getting through the Teachers’ Eligibility Test has
been made compulsory for anyone to become a
teacher either in the private or Government
educational institutions and the first TET was
conducted for Manipur on September 16 this year. The grace marks come on the heels of the ruckus
that was created on September 16 amid suspicions
of questions being leaked and some candidates not
finding their names at their allotted centres,
necessitating a retest for some candidates on
September 25. As per the result of the test announced on
September 27, the total number of candidates who
cleared the eligibility test for the Primary level was
put at 10,220 and 7107 for the Upper Primary. Disclosing this to The Sangai Express, a highly
reliable source said that the decision to allot a
grace mark of 10 on each candidate was taken
after it came to light that the number of candidates
who had actually touched the qualifying
benchmark was far too short of the number of teachers to be actually recruited soon. The grace mark of 10 was in addition to the 5
marks already allotted for a wrong key in the
question paper, said the source. The decision to allot the grace mark was taken at a
high level of the Government, said the source
further. Giving details of the impending need for a massive
recruitment drive for teachers, the source said that
under the directive of the Centre, all States are to
have one Primary school in an area of one square
kilometre and one Upper Primary school in every
three square kilometres. During the mapping of the number of schools in
Manipur, it was found that the number of schools in
the State was far below the National level. The massive recruitment drive will help to meet
the required strength of teachers once the schools
come up. The Union Human Resource Development Ministry
has directed the State Government to set up 1,236
primary schools and 478 Upper Primary schools,
said the source and added that 158 Primary schools
are to be upgraded to Upper Primary. The projected required number of teachers for the
schools set to come up has been pegged at over
2000, said the source and added that notifications
for teacher recruitment will be issued soon. The about 2000 teachers likely to be recruited will
include around 1000 in the general category, 600
STs, 40 SCs and 340 OBCs. 

Makhan protests Sadar Hills distdemand

IMPHAL, Oct 6 : Coming out openly against the
Sadar Hills district demand, a protest
demonstration was today staged at Ma-khan by
people coming from around 117 Naga villages
located within the projected Sadar Hills district. The protest demonstration was participated by
several hundreds of people including school
students. The protesters put up placards and festoons which
read as, “Senapati district cannot be dismembered”,
“Sadar Hills district cannot be created without the
consent of Nagas”, “Administrative boundaries
should not be re- organised”, “SHDDC’s demand is
not supported by all the people” etc. Addressing a public meeting held as a part of the
protest demonstration, Liangmai Naga Council,
Senapati Zone chairman T Disinang said that they
kept silent on the issue for the UNC and other Naga
frontal organisations were fighting for the common
cause. “But now we have decided to openly protest the
Sadar Hills district demand, and hence the protest
demonstration”, Disinang said. Saying that they would never compromise their
land and rights, Disinang maintained they were not
objecting to any community’s agenda but only
protecting their land and rights. Saikul Area Naga People’s Organisation president
Chance Raikhan questioned if the SHDDC has any
hidden agenda behind the demand for Sadar Hills
district which they took up without ever bothering
to consult the Nagas. Contending that there were reasons for not
creating Sadar Hills district, Raikhan asserted that
State Government and Naga organisations have
signed four MoUs in the past. These MoUs clearly laid down that no new districts
can be created without the consent of Nagas, he
said. “That is why, Sadar Hills district still remains elusive
even though the same demand is 40 years old. If
the demand carries mandate of all the people, it
can be fulfilled in a day”, he asserted. It is only a matter of omitting the letter ‘A’ from
the present nomenclature ‘Kangpokpi ADC’, Raikhan
said. “Because we did not stage such open protest
earlier, the SHDDC simply presumed that their
demand was supported by Naga people of Sadar
Hills area”, he remarked. He asserted that it needs a joint consultation
between SHDDC and Naga people of Sadar Hills area
before the issue of Sadar Hills district demand is
settled. Condemning the alleged double-standard nature of
the State Government, Raikhan asked the
Government’s motive of accepting the Sadar Hills
district demand as genuine after it has signed four
MoUs with the Nagas, only to come up with the
idea of constituting the Committee on Re- organisaton of Administrative and Police
Boundaries. The State Government’s conduct is more akin to the
proverbial distribution of cake by a cunning
monkey between two quarrelling cats, and is
indicative of its sinister design to exacerbate
conflict between hill people. The protest demonstration culminated with
different slogans shouted in unison. They shouted slogans like, “Sadar Hills district
should not be created”, “Honour the MoUs” etc. The meeting agreed to stage similar protest
demonstrations in Naga inhabited villages of Sadar
Hills area.