Historic Milestone: Manipuri Language Recognized as Associate Official Language in Assam

Lakhipuronline Digital Desk, Silchar, February 24, 2024 :
In a significant development, the All Assam Manipuri Youths' Association (AAMYA) expresses profound gratitude to the honorable Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma, for spearheading the initiative to recognize Manipuri Language as an associate official language in four key districts of Assam - Cachar, Karimganj, Hailakandi, and Hojai.

The rich cultural tapestry of Meiteilon or Manipuri, included in the 8th schedule of the Indian Constitution on August 20, 1992, now receives its due acknowledgment as an associate official language. This decision is hailed as crucial for preserving, protecting, and promoting the cultural, social, and linguistic identity and heritage of the Meiteis in Assam.

The demand for Manipuri as an Associate Official Language gained substantial momentum through the active involvement of "Manipuri Youths' Front of Assam" and "Women Action Committee for Village Protection." Volunteers tirelessly campaigned, traversing villages, spreading awareness, and urging the Government of Assam to heed their appeal.

Initially met with indifference, the cause found a champion in the honorable MLA of Lakhipur, Shri Kaushik Rai, who tirelessly influenced forums to secure recognition for Manipuri Language. Furthermore, the consistent communication between the Chief Ministers of Manipur and Assam, Shri N Biren Singh and Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma, showcased a commitment to addressing the concerns of Manipuris in Assam.

The UNITY CONVENTION 2023 held on December 17, 2023, became a platform for discussions on the preservation and protection of Manipuris and their language, culture, and tradition. Noteworthy political influences, including the efforts of Hon'ble CM Shri N Biren Singh and MLA Shri Kaushik Rai, played a pivotal role in achieving this milestone.

In a related move in 2021, the Government of Assam, responding to the grievance raised by Manipuri candidates, declared the removal of mandatoriness of any particular language in job recruitment exams conducted by the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC).

In conclusion, AAMYA extends appreciation to the volunteers of Manipuri Youths' Front of Assam, Women Action Committee for Village Protection, and acknowledges the commendable political efforts of Hon'ble CM Shri N Biren Singh and MLA Shri Kaushik Rai.

*For further information, contact:*

Romen Luwang 
All Assam Manipuri Youths' Association (AAMYA)

Kundal Kshetrimayum 
Chief Advisor 
All Assam Manipuri Youths' Association (AAMYA)

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