SILCHAR, Oct 1 – Jiten Singha, chief advisor of the United Manipuri Association, Assam (UMA) and president of the Manipuri Development Council (MDC) has said that there is no teacher in the non-Manipuri LP, ME and high schools of Barak Valley to teach Manipuri subject.
Expressing concern on the issue, Singha told journalists on Monday that since 1954, all the non-Manipuri medium schools here had provision for Manipuri language teachers. But after the 2012 Assam Provincialisation Act, the option of language teachers was abolished “which took us by surprise”. The teachers working in those schools for years have been badly hit by the decision to omit the ML teachers, he said, adding, this is also affecting the Manipuri students as a whole.
“We believe this is a conspiracy done at the office of the Inspector of Schools from where details of the requirement of language teachers were not sent,” Singha said. However, he informed that they are pursuing the demand for language teachers in the schools and have given an ultimatum to the government till the first week of October for an answer.
“Our language is the only means of recognition for us in Barak Valley and in the State. If no steps are taken we will not hesitate to launch a movement to safeguard the interests of our language and people,” Singha maintained.
The UMA advisor also spoke about other demands that the association will raise in the days ahead. These include demand for ST status, making the Council more powerful, representation in the Upper House, provision for at least one Manipuri MLA from the Congress party and facilities of question papers and answer scripts in Manipuri language at the TET and APSC examinations.
Singha further informed that a detailed project report (DPR) of Rs 11 crore has been sent for approval for the anti-erosion project at Singerbond that needs immediate attention.