Silchar, April 21: Assam Manipuri Progressive Front (AMPF) members met the Governor of Assam, Prof. Jagadish Mukhi, in the conference hall of Deputy Commissioner here on Thursday with a charter of demands for his favourable consideration. Dr. M Santi Kumar Singh, general secretary of the Front, said the memorandum presented to the Governor in this respect of their neglect and discrimination. As a specific instance, it has been cited that Manipuri language though included in the 8th Schedule of the Government of India, not only is this language being neglected but the community is deprived of its due privileges.
It was reminded that in 1941, Arun Kumar Chanda, MLA and eminent Barrister at Law, raised his voice in the Assembly for reservation of one seat in the Assam Legislative Assembly for Manipuri community which till date has not been favourably responded by the competent authority concerned. Manipuri community is a linguistic minority in the state of Assam. Owing to the delimitation process, this community has been disassociated and scattered in many constituencies and for which no representatives can be sent to the Assembly. It has been urged upon for reorganizing the delimitation process in the larger interest of the Manipuri community.
Moreover, reservation of three seats for them in the Upper House may be considered on merit when it is constituted in Assam. Manipuri Development Council which is presently in a dormant state has to be revived for the socio-economic development of the community. This has become a dire necessity as they have no representation in the Assembly. Manipuri having a rich cultural heritage and tradition calls for the establishment of a cultural centre at Silchar for its preservation and protection. Prof. Jagadish Mukhi has been impressed upon to consider the demands of the Front to protect the interest of the grater Manipuri community living scattered in 18 districts of Assam since 15th century.