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Manipuri diaspora discusses academic matters with CM

SILCHAR, Sept 6: A delegation of Manipuri Diaspora Assam (MDA) consisting of T. M. Singha, president, Dr. M Shanti Kumar Singha, general secretary met Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in the Circuit House here last night. They discussed various academic and related issues with him and presented a memorandum in this regard. It was pointed out that the Manipuri Development Council (MDC) has already completed its 5 year tenure. All the other Councils of Barak Valley in particular have been reconstituted with the induction of new members. It is surprising that the MDC remains unchanged, much to the dissatisfaction of the Manipuri community.
As the demand for its reconstitution is gaining ground and momentum, it is desirable that the body should be reconstituted in order to meet the hopes and aspirations of the Manipuri community.
It was their firm conviction and confidence that the Chief Minister would take necessary steps for reconstitution. The scrapping of the Manipuri language teacher post from the staff pattern as envisioned in The Assam Venture Educational Institutions Provincialization of Services Bill – 2011 (Amended – 2012), has created serious academic problems, hampering education of the Manipuri boys and girls in their mother tongue.
Another fall out of the scrapping is that Manipuri language teachers who have been working since the establishment of those venture schools are deprived of provincialization of their services in the wake of the recent school provincialization process.
It was stated in the representation that around 80 Manipuri language teachers and a large number of students of the community came to be deprived of their fundamental right to teach and learn in their mother tongue. This is absolutely against the declared right to education policy. The Chief Minister has been impressed upon to look at the pros and cons of the issue raised. He has been urged upon to append one Manipuri language teacher post in the staff pattern as specified earlier.
Dr. M. Santi Kumar Singha said Manipuri is a linguistic minority community of Assam which is scattered in 13 districts of the state. Their demands and grievances are never properly aired and heard for redressal. The community has to suffer because there is no representation in the Assembly. Moreover, the community pinned lot of hope in the MDC but it has been belied for it has become almost a defunct body.
In the circumstances, Manipuri Diaspora has no alternative than to approach the Chief Minister for extending his kind help to address the grievances raised before him. He has also been urged upon to include Manipuri speaking persons in different boards and councils under the Government of Assam. Singha after leading the delegation and apprising the Chief Minister of their demands expressed his hopefulness about positive outcome. (Source: SentinelAssam)

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