Manipuri Sahitya Parishadpeeved at scrapping of MIL post

SILCHAR, Sept 4: Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, Assam, Cachar district committee, at its meeting held recently, expressed its ire at the scrapping of the post of modern Indian language post of Manipuri and criticized the Assam Venture Educational Institutions Provincialisation of Services (Amendment) Bill 2012. The meet was held with the six branch committees of Sonai, Bantarapur, Udharbond, Silchar, Borkhola and Ramnagar and discussed the academic issue with strong reservation and observation by various members who expressed their views on the matter.
Presided over by S Pakachand Singha and graced by the noted educationist, M Surjyakumar Sharma and social worker, Brajabashi Singha, the meet demanded that the bill scrapping the post of MIL in Manipuri be amended and the decision withdrawn. Dr M Shanti Kumar Singha, secretary of the Parishad, at the outset explained the objective of themeet and said the scope of Manipuri students who study in bi lingual schools to learn Manipuri language as modernIndian language had been scrapped by the Assam Venture Educational Institutions, Provincialisation of Services (Amendment) Bill 2012. It was therefore essential that in the interest of Manipuri students, the Parishad should raise objections and take necessarysteps to ensure that the provision of the Bill was annulled.
M Surjyakumar Singha suggested formation of a sub committee to look into the matter and take it up at the ministerial level for reversal of the decision. L Manglemba Singha pointed out that Manipuri language of a minority group should not be neglected by the State Government, considering the sentiments and emotions involved. Chandrabati Devi opined Manipuri students should not be deprived of learning their mother tongue which was quite unjustified.
Other members who expressed their views included Dr H Rajmani, Kamlakanta Singha, Amal Singha, Amarendra Singha, Kamini Singha, Birjit Singha and Bimal Singha who in unison demanded justice from the education department. The matter would come up at the annual conference of Manipuri Sahitya Parishad to be held atBantarapur under Sonai circle.As a prelude to it, a reception committee would be formed on September 9, 2012. Condolence was conveyed to the members of the bereavedfamilies of all those boys wholost their lives while on their way back home from South India in the wake of Kokrajhar violence. It was also resolved to urge upon the State Government of Assam for taking necessary steps for tracing out havildar, Jay Singha of Kamranga, who has been missing since July 22while moving out of Kokrajhar for home. (SentinelAssam)

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