Students’ bodies stage protest demanding NRC in Manipur

Imphal: Six students’ bodies on Thursday staged a ‘human-chain’ protest along Tiddim Road against non-implementation of various demands placed by them to the government.

Leaders and members of the six bodies – AIMS, AMSU, DESAM, MSF, KSA and SUK – took part in the protest.

Regarding the demand for state population commission, spokesperson of the six bodies, Haobijam Challamba, said that they have submitted many memorandums to the Prime Minister of India and state chief minister on the matter. However, no action to establish the same was seen taken up so far.

He said that the influx of a large number of illegal immigrants has created population imbalance in the state.

To check population imbalance in the state, he urged the state government to establish Manipur state population commission and prepare the National Register of Citizen (NRC) to identify the people settling in Manipur illegally and take up necessary actions.

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He then drew the attention of the state government to address their demands positively in the interest of the people of the state.

He also appealed to the chief minister, ministers and MLAs to discuss the demands on the floor of the house of the state Assembly in the ongoing monsoon which will be continued till August 5.

The six students’ bodies also demanded formulation of state language policy and establishment of language commission and transliterate committee to promote Manipuri language.

Few days ago, the students’ bodies demanded that the ongoing session of the state Assembly discuss and pass resolutions implementing their demands.

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Haobijam Challamba said that the six students’ bodies have been pressing the state government to implement a policy to develop the Manipuri language.

Even as a language directorate has been functioning, no work to develop the official language of the state has been taken up so far, he alleged.

He said that Meitei Mayek was introduced as a subject in 2006 and the same is now taught at the Master’s degree.

However, no reference books are published in Meitei Mayek and it causes great inconvenience to students who take Meitei Mayek as a subject in pursuing their studies.

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