UNC endorses ANSAM's stand
Affiliation to NBSE

Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 06: The United Naga Council (UNC), which is spearheading the Naga integration movement, has endorsed the stand of All Naga Students' Association, Manipur (ANSAM) to affiliate all the private schools in the four hill districts of Manipur with the Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE).

Talking to The Sangai Express, publicity secretary of UNC S Milan said the Council also endorsed the statement of ANSAM which was carried in some local newspapers today.

''Since the matter relates to the student community we endorsed ANSAM, our constituent body to launch its campaign," Milan said, adding that ANSAM leaders know best on how to proceed with their demand.

Though ANSAM has neither owned responsibility for torching 11 Government schools nor denied carrying out the arson, it had justified the act saying that it was bound to happen due to the Government's wrong education policy.

During a meeting of all the Naga civil organisation held at Senapati in the latter part of 2005 it had been decided that a movement would be launched for getting the private schools in the four hill districts of Senapati, Chandel, Ukhrul and Tamenglong affiliated with the Nagaland Board.

On being asked about the torching of 11 Government school buildings, Milan said ''it might be the outburst of pent up anger of the agitators against the attitude of the Government of Manipur.

It might also be an action plan to hit the bull's eye''.

When asked whether UNC, the apex body of Naga civil organisations, plans to talk with the State Government over the issue, Milan quipped 'we don't need to talk with Manipur Government but the latter should understand the collective Naga's issue and act upon it accordingly'.

Since UNC has already launched a non-cooperation movement against Manipur Government, there is no question of talks', Milan said, and hastened to add 'as of now, there is no specific programmes of the UNC's non-cooperation movement'.

Milan informed that UNC would hold its periodical election in December this year.

The election has been necessitated after the Council's president resigned from his post recently.

Its speaker Samson Ramei is currently holding the president's charge following the resignation of Paul Leo.