STDCM reiterates demand for inclusion of Meitei or Meetei in ST list, draws political parties' attention
The Scheduled Tribe Demand Committee Manipur urged political parties to fight the election with the concept to address the burning issue of the state.
Updated 16 Oct 2021, 4:57 am
The Scheduled Tribe Demand Committee Manipur (STDCM) conducted a one-day interaction programme with political parties on Wednesday in Imphal to understand the stand and opinion of the political parties regarding the inclusion of Meitei or Meetei in the scheduled tribe list.
The STDCM stated in a release that the committee invited all political parties namely the BJP, INC, NPP, CPI, CPM, NPP, MPP, RPI (Athawale) and all the 12 political parties of the United Front. Of the invited parties, INC, NPP, RPI (Athawale) and 12 political parties of the United Front attended the programme held at the State Guest House.
During the interaction, STDCM general secretary K Bhogendrajit drew the attention of the political parties on inclusion of Meetei or Meitei in ST list. It is questionable that despite Meitei or Meetei being the indigenous population, the community is still not enlisted in ST list, it added.
Bhogendrajit said that considering the prevailing demographic imbalance in the state, it is the need of the hour to get recognition of Meitei or Meetei as scheduled tribes. Until and unless the recognition is not received, this section of the society, its identity, land and legislative rights would be gradually lost. He appealed to political parties to fight the election with the concept to address the burning issue of the state.
In the meeting, most of the small political parties expressed their interest to support the ongoing demand of STDCM, the release stated.
The meeting was also attended by STDCM vice-president, Lt Col L Lokendra Singh; chief patron, Moirangthem Naodalenkhomba and STDCM advisor, prof H Jayantakumar.