Going against the order under Section 144 of the CrPC, the Hynñiewtrep Youths Council (HYC) said it will carry out a peaceful rally tomorrow from Madan Iewrynhep to the Additional Secretariat to protest against the government’s delay in disbursing scholarship for 2021-2022.
Addressing the media, HYC education secretary Enlang Sawian said that the pressure group’s deadline served to the state government has ended so they are going to hold the rally and expect more than 700 to participate in the march.
Informing that they have asked the Deputy Commissioner for permission to hold the rally but had received no response to date, he vowed that the HYC will have volunteers who will monitor and see that no law and order problem arises during the rally. Public rallies of this sort were banned at the end of last month after one carried out by the FKJGP on October 28 witnessed several instances of violent physical assault and vandalism.
“Our agitation is against the MDA government who seldom reacts to any problem till there is a rally. If the district administration thinks we are defying Section 144 then let them book us but there will be no compromise concerning the welfare of the student community especially those from a poor economic background who are suffering because of this delay to release the scholarship,” Sawian maintained.
Later, the State government announced its decision to release the pre-matric and post-matric scholarship to 61,116 students.
The total amount of the scholarship to be released is Rs 169, 72,91,6778.
Informing via Twitter, Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui said that disbursement of the scholarship to the individual bank accounts of students will start immediately through PFMS.