Aizawl: The Mizoram government on Sunday clamped CrPC Section 144 in nine villages in five districts- Aizawl, Lunglei, Serchhip, Champhai and Mamit, prohibiting assembly of more than four people in a area, in the wake of agitation launched by nine lumpsum higher secondary schools in in different parts of the state.
An official release on Sunday said that the government sent magistrates and police deployment to the nine villages on Sunday night to prevent untoward incident.
Nine lumpsum higher secondary school in Sakawrdai, Farkawn, Phullen, Thingsulthliah, North East Khawdungsei, Zawlnuam, West Phaileng, East Lungdar and Zobawk villages have been protesting against the government by launching indefinite closure of all government offices, educational institutions and staging road block in their respective villages since July 26 demanding adhoc status.
The agitation was spearheaded by Mizoram Government Lumpsum Grant-in-Aid Higher Secondary School Association (MIGLAHSSA), Joint Action Committee (JAC), Joint Students’ Union (JSU) and Managing Board of the nine schools.
Earlier, the nine higher secondary schools had staged strike by closing their respective schools sinceJune 18. They demanded the state government to upgrade their schools to adhoc status
Leaders of MIGLAHSSA said that the schools have been running for 14 years by the villagers from public distribution and it has become difficult for them to continue with public distribution.
MIGLAHSSA president Lalhriatchhunga Hmar said that over 850 students were affected by the strike and they have been stayed off the school for almost a month.
Meanwhile, a meeting of school education department, home department and finance department was convened on Sunday under the leadership of home minister R. Lalzirliana to discuss about the issue of nine higher secondary schools and the present situation.
The meeting observed that the state government was not in a position to fulfill the demands of the schools due to financial constraint.
It stated that all private schools in the state before being established were informed that they can’t seek any financial assistance from the state government.
In spite of this, the private schools were given lump sum grant and efforts are being taken to increase the grant, the meeting also said.
Though the government is desirous of fulfilling the demands of nine schools, it is helpless at this point of time due to financial constraint, the meeting said.