The newly formed Central Executive Committee (CEC) of Hynñiewtrep Youth Council (HYC) said that it is committed to fight for several key issues for the indigenous people of the state.
According to the HYC these include the implementation of ILP, addressing the 44 per cent reservation for ST in central universities, resolving interstate boundary disputes, and combating the issue of drug menace, among other issues
Today, after the newly elected members of the HYC took oath, newly elected HYC president Roy Kupar Synrem acknowledged the challenges ahead for the pressure group.
According to Synrem, since its formation nine years ago HYC’s primary focus has been on the long-standing demand for implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the state.
The new HYC president while stating that the government has passed a resolution on the issue, Synrem however emphasized that resolutions are a step forward and not the ultimate outcome.
He stressed the need for the state government to exert pressure on the central government to accept the resolutions passed by the Assembly.
“It’s not just about ILP; there are numerous unresolved issues. As the newly appointed CEC, we are focusing on the state’s institutions, feeling the need to take responsibility for them. We are particularly concerned about the situation at NEHU, observing frequent conflicts among teachers and students,” the HYC president said.
He also stated that the pressure group has noticed that a significant portion of the teaching staff comprises individuals recruited from outside the state and so also the recruitment of non-teaching staffs.
“Our concern is that instead of contributing to the welfare of the local community, these central institutions might become opportunities for individuals from outside the state to secure employment. This is another issue that the CEC will address,” Synrem added.
The HYC president also said that although a notification has been issued by the Ministry of Personnel and Training, Government of India, directing all central institutions within the state to adhere to the 44 per cent reservation, but according to Synrem the current status of this directive is unclear.
He said that the new CEC will actively pursue this matter to ensure that the 44 per cent reservation for ST in the state translates into job opportunities in central institutions.
Meanwhile, on the interstate boundary issue with Assam, Synrem said that the HYC will closely monitor the situation and if any wrongdoing is detected, it will bring the matter to the forefront.