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Local students protest on ‘outsiders’ seeking jobs in Manipur

Local students protest on ‘outsiders’ seeking jobs in Manipur

Imphal: Students have threatened to boycott a choice test and compel office to close to protest the way candidates from other states were allowed to enroll for 82 government jobs.

“In practical terms it means that the candidates from the educationally advanced states can catch all the 82 vacancies in Manipur,” Jayanta Khuman, the convener of the Joint Students’ Coordination Committee (JSCC), said.

The Manipur Public Service Commission had invited applications that were online for 82 state government posts for which the written test is to be held on February 28.

On Saturday, the students met Education Minister Moirangthem Okendra to seek his intervention. The minister promised them that he take up remedial measures and will explore the matter.

Khuman said, “Over 17,000 nominees out of 35,000 uses are from other states. There isn’t any safeguard for the neighborhood nominees, unlike those in other northeastern states.”

In Nagaland 80 percent of the occupations are earmarked for the neighborhood nominees. In Mizoram, an eligible nominee has to have a working knowledge of the Mizo language.

There isn’t any such precondition in the event of Manipur, Khuman said.

Since the nominees write or from outside Manipur don’t talk the neighborhood language, there is going to be a difference in communicating in the government, he claimed.

The specific situation in Manipur represented “the state government’s inclination to appease the principal leaders”, Ramananda, a nominee, said.

“In Mizoram, non-local candidates can apply, provided they’re residents whose names show up on the voters’ lists.

In Manipur, there are more than 750,000 knowledgeable unemployed people who’ve been enrolled with the employment exchanges.

The local nominees, who consider they’re competing with individuals from the bigger states, have formed a ‘combined action committee’ to protest the standards of the commission.

Meanwhile, opposition legislator I. Ibohanbi said on Sunday that the commission must change its standards to limit individuals from other states applying for occupations in Manipur.