UMAA to block NH 53 demanding ST status

18 October 2017

IMPHAL | Oct 17

United Manipuri Association, Assam (UMAA) has called for 10-hour road blockade on National Highway 53 (Slichar-Jirighat and Silchar-Airport Road) on October 24 from 7 am to 5pm.

A release said, the association has submitted a memorandum to the chief minister of Assam, demanding for immediate inclusion of Manipuri community of Assam in ST (P) category, and immediate inclusion of provision of Manipuri language teacher in the School Provincialisation Act of Assam.

The association has been putting the demands for sustainable development of six lakhs Manipuri people of Assam, however there has been no positive initiative from the side of Assam government, which resulted in many democratic agitations in the last few months, said the release.

It said UMAA had called 10-hour rail blockade on April 9 at Hojai railway station. Later, the chief secretary, government of Assam had invited the members of the association for a talk on April 17, after which the blockade was called off.

A team of 15 delegates of UMAA led by its president, Jiten Singha had a discussion with the chief secretary and other concerned officials where assurance was given from the government to take necessary steps in fulfilling the demands. However, there has been no positive initiative or any formal information has given from the government side.

UMAA has been submitting memorandum to RGI, government of India and government of Assam since the last five years, followed by various kinds of democratic movements and agitations in a hope for positive initiatives to be taken by government in favour of Manipuri community of Assam at the earliest.


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