Representatives of Meetei (Meitei) Tribe Union led by S Gourakishwor Singh and five others called on Governor of Manipur Anusuiya Uikey at the Raj Bhavan on Friday and requested her to extend support for the inclusion of Meetei (Meitei) to Scheduled Tribe status.
According to a release from the Raj Bhavan, the team, while submitting a detailed report to the Governor about the parameters of why the community should be included in the list, said that the community is lagging behind in all fronts and therefore ST status is the only hope to safeguard the community.
They said, it has been 10 years that the community is demanding the status but it is yet to be achieved. They requested the Governor to extend all possible support in this regard, the Raj Bhavan stated.
To this, the Governor replied that the process of granting ST status is a long process and all parameters will be looked into by the Schedule Tribe Commission and concerned Ministry at the Centre. She said she will talk to the chief minister and asked the team to approach ST Commission for necessary procedures, as per the Raj Bhavan.