New Delhi, Dec 25: The World Meetei Council (erstwhile, World Meetei Convention) staged a sit-in-protest at Jantar Mantar on December 25 to draw the attention of the national leaders, especially of the prime minister, Narendra Modi to its demand to include the Meetei in the list of Scheduled Tribes of the Indian Constitution, maintaining that it is a “genuine” demand.
WMC in a press note Sunday stated that the demand is long overdue on the part of the government to include the Meetei in ST list.
“As for the state government, the chief minister of Manipur N. Biren Singh had told to our members at his office premises on November 14 , 2022 that he had already submitted all the necessary papers including the reports etc as desired by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, New Delhi and that the ‘Ball is in the court of the centre,'” the press note stated.
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WMC while appealing the centre government to earnestly expedite the process to include the Meetei people in the Scheduled Tribe list pointed out that by doing so, the Meeteis “can live as rightful citizens in their own state of Manipur,” said WMC National Spokesperson Nabakishore Yumnam, who is also the president of WMC Assam unit.
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“While answering to questions about Kuki-Chin people, the chairman WMC Heigrujam Nabashyam made it clear that WMC have taken up the case of Kuki-Chin people’s legal maintainability even when they are migrants or children of migrants,” the press note stated.
A memorandum in regard to WMC demand for inclusion of Meetei/Meitei to ST list was also submitted to the prime minister from the premises of Jantar Mantar Delhi, WMC added.