KANGPOKPI| Jul 2: All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) has urged the State government to halt the recruitment process of the 9 (nine) posts of Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC) at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) and also conduct needful rectification over the reservation quota.
A press statement from ATSUM signed by its general secretary, Seiboi Haokip stated that the tribal apex student body is anguished with the constant denial of the constitutional rights of tribals in Manipur by the authorities of RIMS despite repeated reminders for granting tribals their due constitutional rights pertaining to reservation in recruitment to Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ posts.
It also alleged that the recent notification of vacancies issued to employment exchange by RIMS authority on June 1 regarding the process of recruiting 9 (nine) LDC is initiated in complete violation of the reservation policy in recruitment to Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ posts in central institutions i.e. (UR-5, SC-2, ST-1, OBC-1).
Stating that the government of India had formulated number of policies for facilitating equal representation of employment in service sectors wherein reservation and special recruitment drive for ST and SC in all ministries and departments are initiated via various office memorandums and orders, it added that one such policy is the instructions on reservation issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) as contained in its Brochure on Reservation. Citing Chapter 2 of the brochure, it asserted that the reservation quantum fixed for SC, ST and OBC in the case of Manipur was specified as 3percent, 34 percent and 13 percent respectively.
The release also mentioned that the tribal populace of the State under the banner of ATSUM had been consistently apprising the state government to strictly adhere to and implement the reservation policy of DoPT effectively and conduct special recruitment for STs for filling up of back log vacancies in all State departments and Central institutions of Manipur.
“Several rounds of discussions were held between the State government headed by the then Chief Minister and the representatives of ATSUM pertaining to their demand for conduct of special recruitment drive and implementation of reservation policy of DoPT in recruitment in Central Government institutions functioning in the State,” it said adding that consequent upon such meeting, on June 28, 2016, the department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (Personnel Division), government of Manipur, had written to all the Heads of the Central Institutions of the state including RIMS to implement the reservation policy with reservation distribution of 3 percent for SC, 34 percent for ST and 13 percent for OBC in direct recruitment to Group C and Group D.
The release further alleged that in the past years RIMS, “with malign intention of subduing the tribals and deliberate attempt to distort the DoPT reservation norms,” had also attempted to recruit Multi-Tasking Staff vide its Advertisement No. B/3025/2015-RIMS dated January 16, 2016 issued an advertisement for recruitment of 134 posts (UR – 68, OBC – 36, SC – 20, ST – 10) of Multi-Tasking Staff with a reservation of only 7.5 percent for STs which is not acceptable.
In view of the prevailing circumstances, ATSUM urged the State government as well as the RIMS authority to halt the recruitment process of the 9 LDC posts while also doing needful rectifications. Failing which, ATSUM will resort to different forms of agitations, the release added.