GUWAHATI, Dec 21: The general meeting of the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha (NBMM), central committee, Silchar, and its various regional committees including Yatrapur committee, Patharkandi committee and Meherpur committee today urged Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to immediately issue a separate notification for inclusion of the Bishnupriya Manipuris in the list of Other Backward Communities (OBCs) by honouring the verdicts of the Gauhati High Court and the Supreme Court towards that end, immediate recommendation by the State Government to the Central Government for telecasting and broadcasting of Bishnupriya Manipuri programmes in Doordarshan and All India Radio (AIR) respectively, immediate grant of Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council etc.
Talking to The Sentinel over telephone from Silchar, NBMM secretary general Udai Sinha said various committees of the Mahasabha submitted memoranda to the Chief Minister through their respective subdivisional officers and deputy commissioners in support of their long-standing demands. NBMM committees of the entire Barak Valley were agitated over the apathy of the State Government towards the demands of the community, he said.
Other demands of the NBMM, according to Udai Sinha, are appointment of Bishnupriya Manipuri language teachers in all primary schools where the language has been implemented as per government norms and also appointment of Bishnupriya Manipuri sub-inspector of schools as per the last government advertisement for effective supervision of teaching of the language and inclusion of the Bishnupriya Manipuri community in the Linguistic Minority Development Board of Assam.
The Mahasabha threatened the State Government that if the demands of the community were not fulfilled, the community will resort to a vigorous agitation. THE SENTINEL