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NPF Ukhrul accuses Ibobi of sidelining tribals in promotions

UKHRUL: The Naga People’s Front (NPF), Ukhrul division today maintained that the appointment of O Nabakishore, IAS (1984 batch) as the new chief secretary (CS) of Manipur bypassing his senior Ameising Luikham, IAS (1981 batch) is another “daring acts” of Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh in recent times. It accused Ibobi of flaunting the Personnel Service Rules and existing conventions practiced all over India.

In a press statement, NPF Ukhrul division general secretary Yangmi Ronra Shimray said that the division is greatly perturbed by the way Ameising Luikham was ignored despite his seniority. “Why the much shouted slogan ‘Ching-Tam Amadani’ often disappears in times of promotions?” it questioned.

The NPF further recounted the time when C Peter Ngahanyui, the first Tangkhul IPS officer who was promoted as IGP in 1995, ADGP in 1998 (first tribal ADGP), also served as the Chief Security Commissioner of RPF, Guwahati (on deputation), was overlooked and the post of DGP was given to his much junior Meitei police officer in 2000. C Peter Ngahanyui after having faced much discrimination in the hands of Meitei CM died in December 21, 2011 at Imphal, it stated.

In yet another case, it said, HS Verypam, the senior most and the only eligible engineer to occupy the post of Chief Engineer (PHED), was superseded by one Meitei Superintendent Engineer (SE) to take charge as Chief Engineer (PHED). HS Verypam was promoted to the post of Additional Chief Engineer in December, 2007 and on February 28, 2009 he assumed duty as Chief Engineer, PHED, but was kept as OSD attached to Commissioner of PHE till his retirement.

“These are some of the blatant acts of discrimination, political and racial victimization against the deserving persons in particular, and the tribal’s in general in the hands of Ibobi led Congress Government Manipur,” the NPF stated.

Further, it asserted that the sweet slogan of ‘Ching- Tam Amatani’ is never practiced and hence the trust and confidence of hill people towards the majority Meitei has been eroded over the years. “The present Manipur state is home for mosaic of cultures and customs but living together under same administrative roof, in trust deficit environment, like that of a forced marriage, can Manipur walk the road to development in the days to come?” it wondered.

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