Silchar, Sept 24: “The various issues of the Manipuri community as raised in the memorandum will be taken up for discussion with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and I shall make every effort to see that these are resolved”, pointed out Dilip Kumar Paul, Deputy Speaker, while addressing the assembly on the occasion of annual Freshers’ Meet – 2016 of All Assam Manipuri Students’ Union (AAMSU) held in the auditorium of District Library here today. He added to say the Chief Minister has been sieged with the problems of different minority communities and trying to evolve a strategy to address them.
Dilip Kumar Paul has high praise for the young talented boys and girls who have shown their brilliance in games and sports not only at the regional but also at the national and international levels. “My compliments are for the youths who have at the same time displayed their bravery by joining Indian armed forces in numbers and many have sacrificed their lives for the sake of motherland. Quite appreciable is the fact that instead of depending upon government jobs, they explore their own avenues through skill development,” he pointed out.
It has been outlined in the memorandum by P Nilkanta Singha, president, AAMSU central, that though the Manipuri community has a high rate of literacy, the job opportunity for the educated youths is limited. The problem of unemployment among the uneducated people has shown a rising trend. As the Manipuri community has been given the OBC category, employment is a challenge before them. The demand of the Union is to take initiative to resolve the problem. Inclusion of Manipuri language in the APSC examination as an optional subject / paper will be in the larger interest of the community.
The memorandum emphasizes on fulfilling the vacant posts in the Manipuri medium in lower primary, upper primary and high schools which need immediate attention. It is also a matter of concern that in most of the Manipuri medium schools, non Manipuri teachers without any knowledge of Manipuri language are appointed. This has created a lot of difficulties in teaching and learning. This kind of anomaly has to be sorted out without any glitz. Sportsmen and athletes have brought name and fame to the country. In contrast, quite regrettable their socio-economic condition merits consideration for uplift.
It is also painful as pointed out in the memorandum that Manipuri players who represented Assam and the country in the national and international arena have been deprived of employment and other facilities as expected. It deserves to be given its due and serious thought for rightful action. AAMSU and Meira Paibi have jointly planned a common office building on 1 bigha donated land near Madhura bridge by the side of Mahasadak, 3 km from this town. Out of the estimated cost of Rs.30 lakh for the proposed 4 storied building, Kabindra Purkayastha, former union minister, sanctioned Rs.5 lakh along with their collection of Rs.7 lakh from the community people and started the work.
Continuing P Nilkanta Singha said the ground floor has been completed but the building remains incomplete. The Deputy Speaker has been urged upon to arrange financial assistance to help them complete the building. Joining the clamour for reconstitution of Manipuri Development Council (MDC), AAMSU has also strongly pleaded for it in order to ensure it becomes a representative forum of the Manipuri community. Dilip Kumar Paul has assured his best of efforts to address the issues raised.
Apart from all about the memorandum, Prof. O Churamani Singha, former principal of Gurucharan College, and Mohan Singha, former president, Kolkata Manipuri Students’ Union, who graced the freshers’ meet extended their good wishes to the students of different educational institutions for their academic pursuit and bright career. Guests of honour who included Babu Singha, S Kamala Kanta Singha, K Kamdev Singha, and Pushpasati Singha, AAMSU activists in different capacities also addressed the freshers. It is to be noted that AAMSU started its journey in 1978 from this town and presently it has units in 14 districts of the state. (Source: SentinelAssam)