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Committee questions formation of Manipuri Development Council

SILCHAR, August 21: The Barak Valley Manipuri Development Committee (BVMDC), Assam, comprising of senior citizens, retired government employees, social workers and members of Manipuri NGOs of Assam and Barak Valley in particular has questioned the formation of the Manipuri Development Council by the Government of Assam.
According to the Committee, the nominated members neither represent nor do they provide maximum participation of the Manipuris in Assam. The number of members in the Council from Kamrup, Nagaon, Karimganj districts and Sonaiconstituency of Cachar are in excess totheir population. Quite contrary, thereis no member nominated from the thickly Manipuri populated areas of Silchar, Udharband and Dholai constituencies of Cachar and Hailakandi constituency. Such representation, the Committee thinks is unjustified and unacceptable.
The interim Council formed include three members and it has been alleged that they are not eligible to occupy constitutional and statutory position, according to the guidelines formulated by the Government of Assam, Department of Welfare of Plain Tribes and Backward Classes vide memo no. TAD / BC / 540/ 8 dated January 7, 2011. The members in question Prof. L Gourababu Singha, is a member of Linguistic Minorities Development Board; R K Sanahal Singha, GP president Sribar, Lakhipur; and Ibochou Singha, ward commissioner of Lala.
These members, the Committee demands should be deleted from the list of Council members. Moreover, it has been pointed out there is no legal member in the Council and the representation of women is quite low.
The Committee has stressed on adhering strictly to the guidelines. The eligibility of the members has to be specified. Secondly, the term of interim Council must be specified and the constituencies from where the 23 non official members are to be electedmust be identified, besides modalities for conducting the election. Thirdly, the eligibility of the members for boththe interim and elected Council shouldbe the same.
The interim Council should not undertake any long term project till the constitution of the elected Council.All these views were expressed beforethe media at a press-meet here today at Silchar Press Club addressed by M Kula Chandra Singha, president, and NDhwaja Singha, secretary, Barak Valley Manipuri Development Council. (SentinelAssam)


  1. I think all the allegations are baseless and have no stand at all. I would like to question the related persons of the Barak Valley Manipuri development Council whether they are the bonafide representatives of the Manipuri community of Assam? What roles have they taken in the development of the manipuris of Assam? Are they confined only to the Barak Valley? If not, why such a nomenclature? There are two representatives from Hailakandi district. I think Hailakandi is in Barak valley and why are these so called social representatives of Barak Valley Manipuri Development council does not know about the members from Barak Valley in the Manipuri Development Council, Govt. of Assam? Do these persons really care about the Manipuris of Assam? A social activist should be from the core of the heart. One sad thing about our society is that people form organisations after they retire from their services because they don't have any other options after retirement. I would like to advise and request these retired persons to look at the social workers of the other parts of the country. Medha Patkar, Akhil Gogoi, etc have been doing social work from a very youg age. Retired persons should stick to gardening and watering their fields rather than thinking about their society after they retire.

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