ATRPFM demands reasons on frequent transfer
All Tribal Rights’ Protection Forum Manipur (ATRPFM) through this press statement would like to appeal the Hon’ble Minister (TA&Hills) to summon both the dispute parties of Directorate of Tribal Affairs and Hills, i.e. Mr. N. Kaikho Mao and Mr. L. Rajendro Singh regarding allotment of HoO and DDO works and solve the issue without any further delay. If the concerned Minister fails to do the needful, the issue may go individualize between the two officers which is not constructive at all. There are rules for allotment of works of HoO and DDO of which we have already submitted to the concerned authorities with related documents and there is interse-seniority list. Allotment of works shall be in accordance with those rules and notifications.
It may be mentioned that Mr. L. Rajendro Singh is 9 years junior to Mr. N. Kaikho Mao and the former has long way to go in his career. But Mr. N. Kaikho Mao has only few years to continue in service. Time will come for junior officers to hold the works of HoO and DDO. Thus, senior officer(s) should be given work allotment as deserved. Mr. L. Rajendro Singh will definitely become HoO and DDO within few years but it’s not right to bypass a senior in advance when senior is still there.
It is therefore, Hon’ble Minister shall summon both the officers and settle the matter amicably and in accordance with rules. ATRPFM will wait till 14th September, 2019, thereafter, if the concerned Minister could not settle the matter amicably, we would act against the Minister concerned and the State Government along with like-minded organisations. This shall not construe as communal but sanctity of seniority has to be maintained, otherwise society would be full of chaos.
All tribal civil organisations are also requested to look into the matter and take steps to correct the wrong. TA & Hills is the one and only Department for tribal welfare and we could not remain mute spectator when rules are violated and infringed upon by some self-interest people and the State Government dominated by a dominant community.
ATRPFM questions STDCM
All Tribal Rights Protection Forum Manipur (ATRPFM) want to question the logic behind STDCM’s demand for ST status. Do they really wanted to go back to the status of 128 years ago with same educational and economic condition of 1891? But no community would like to roll back in that condition. It is upto the wisdom of Parliament to decide but as per our own opinion, Meitei is a forward caste that do not need ST status. Although Constitution does not defined Scheduled Tribe, there is a clear criterion for specification as a Scheduled Tribe. They are: (1) indications of primitive traits, (ii) distinctive culture, (iii) geographical isolation, (iv) shyness of contact with the community at large, and (v) backwardness. The Meitei community does not fulfilled the above-mentioned criterion and thus does not qualified for specification as ST. So, on what ground STDCM demands ST status.
Economically, socially and ethnically, Meitei is the most advanced community in the entire North East region. When we see the percentage of representations in public employment of all Departments, representation of Meiteis are already high. As per rules, reservation for reserved categories shall be in proportion with their respective population. ST’s population of Manipur as per Census 2011 is 34%, however, representation of STs in public employment is nowhere near 31%. Representation of STs in public employment for all grades of posts taken together was only 23% and has not improved till date. ST status is given for such weaker segments of the society.
In the legislature, Meitei has 40 MLAs, both Judiciary and Executive is dominated by Meiteis. For protection of indigenous people, there is already ILP or Manipur Peoples’ Bill. For protection of land, there is already land protection law known as the Manipur Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act, 2014. For reservation purpose, there is already 10% reservation quota for the weaker upper caste. What’s more STDCM wants? There is no reasonable purpose at all.
Therefore, the State Government shall not recommended and justified the illegitimate demand; the Registrar General of India (RGI) and National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) shall not give concurrence and consider the case.