A non-local was found allotted an MBBS/BDS seat at RIMS under the OBC (Meitei-Pangal) category, the All Manipur Muslim Organisations Co-ordinating Committee (AMMOCOC) said on Thursday and demanded allotment of that particular seat to a genuine Meitei-Pangal.
During a counselling for MBBS/BDS conducted by the Health Department on October 21-22, a total of 33 students were allotted seats for MBBS at RIMS (five), JNIMS (14), Churachandpur Medical College (nine) and Shija (five).
Of the total five seats allotted for RIMS, three are unreserved while two are reserved for OBC (M-P). Likewise, of the 14 seats at JNIMS, nine are unreserved and five for OBC (M-P); for the CMC, one is unreserved and nine are for OBC (M-P) and for the Shija, all the five are for OBC (M-P).
Of the two seats of OBC (M-P) reserved at RIMS, one of the seats was allotted to a non-local, alleged secretary general AMMOCOC Wahidur Rehman while speaking to the media at its office at Hatta in Imphal East.
He informed that the non-local was selected under the unreserved category. However, the non-local was allotted the seat under the OBC (M-P) category.
Stating that the four per cent reservation policy for the Meitei-Pangal was obtained after a long struggle taken up by the Meitei-Pangal with the principle to uplift the minority community and make an egalitarian society, he said, “Snatching of the reservation rights by a non-local is not acceptable.”
Such an untoward action arose due to the negligence of the OBC certificate issuing authority, he said, drawing the attention of the state government to initiate legal action against those perpetrators.
Demanding the allotment of the said OBC (M-P) seat to a genuine Meitei-Pangal student, the secretary general threatened to take up agitations by joining hands with other like-minded groups if the state government fails to comply with their demands.
The AMMOCOC further demanded framing of a policy to streamline the process of issuing OBC certificates to refrain from occurrence of such issues in the future.