SHILLONG, Oct 31: The North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) has said that it will intensify it’s protest over the “draconian” Citizenship Amendment Bill.
To this end the NESO, a conglomeration of various students organisation of the North East will stage protest demonstrations in all state capitals of the region on November 18.
Furthermore, the NESO will submit a memorandum expressing its opposition of the Bill to the Prime Minister and Home Minister of India through the Governors of the respective North East states.
The NESO also said that although the Centre has mooted the implementation of NRC on a national scale, yet the NESO is of the opinion that an exercise like this should be executed state-wise taking into consideration the modalities suitable to the conspicuous aspects of the states.
The NESO also reiterated its demand for overall implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in all the states of the region.
On the proposed National Education Policy where certain sections of the policy were found to be against the region the organisation said that it strongly resents the emphasis given to the Hindi language and belittling of the English language.
“However it was agreed that an approach for prioritising local indigenous languages would be a favourable factor for the northeast region,” the NESO said.
The NESO also said that due to the lack of educational institutions especially those imparting professional courses in the region, it seeks more packages from the central government for the establishment of Universities, medical, engineering, coaching (civil services, medical, engineering etc.) and management institutions.
Furthermore NESO also said that it will task itself with the setting up of coaching centres for professional courses.
Other issues discussed during the NESO meet include the opposition to the proposed merging of NEEPCO with the central based NHPC and the government’s plan to sell out the Numaligarh Refinery Limited to private parties.
“In this context, seperate memoranda will be send to the Power & Petroleum Ministries,” NESO said.
NESO also demanded seperate economic and employment policies for the region.
With regards to central government sectors located in the northeast, the NESO sought 100 percent job reservation in the group C & D category for indigenous inhabitants.
“Presence of military and paramilitary forces within educational institutions in Manipur and elsewhere in the region hampers the educational atmosphere, NESO demands the immediate vacation of such forces,” NESO said.