SHILLONG, June 29: The North East Students Organization (NEZO) Friday staged a one-day sit-in-protest in the city as a move to protest against the inaction of the government towards the different demands set forth by the organization which concerns the North Eastern Region (NER).
Earlier, the NESO activists took out a march from the office of the Khasi Students Union past the Raj Bhavan and held a peaceful sit-in demonstration on the issues.
Submitting a memorandum to the Meghalaya Governor RS Mooshahary, the NESO handed over a list of 10 issues ranging from improvement of education, an employment policy for the region, repeal of AFSPA, the long pending inter-state boundary issue and the halting of construction of big dams.
The NESO also demanded the Centre to resolve the Indo-Bangla land swap deal and to deal with staple VISAs to Arunachalees which they said is â€œhumiliating.â€
Stating that discrimination against students of North East studying in different parts of country is one of the serious issues which have tormented them, NESO Information and Publicity secretary Samuel B Jyrwa said, â€œWe demand the government to introduce an â€˜Actâ€™ which will look into the interest and safe-guard the lives of Northeastern students studying in mainland Indiaâ€.
â€œThe other issues of concern are, influx, lifting of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from NE, separate Ministry for North East and scrapping of the Indo- Nepal Treaty from NEâ€, Jyrwa told reporters here.
The NESO comprising of eight NGOs â€“ KSU, ASU, GSU, AAPSU, NSF, AMSU, MZP and TSF also demanded the implementation of the â€˜Inner Line Regulationâ€™ permit in the entire North East, even as they said the next phase of agitation would be decided in the coming weeks.
On the memorandum presented to the Governor, Jyrwa said, it was a copy which was handed over to the Prime Minister over the past eight years and covering wide ranging issues pertaining to the problem faced by the people of the region.
The studentsâ€™ body had organized a joint sit in demonstration at Guwahati on June 7.