Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Manipur Congress yet to take decision on ST tag demand for Meitei/Meetei

Correspondent

Manipur Congress has still to make up its decision on the scheduled tribe status demand for Meetei/Meitei community which Scheduled Tribe Demand Committee of Manipur (STDCM) has been campaigning.
“For the Congress party, no decision has been taken so far. The demand raised by the STDCM is yet to be discussed. We will discuss the matter in a democratic way before taking a final decision,” MPCC president K Meghachandra said on Wednesday.
Meghachandra also threw the ball to the court of the government saying that it was upto the government to address the demand.
Leaders and members of the STDCM today thronged the official quarter of the opposition legislator in Imphal’s Babupara as a part of its ongoing campaign seeking support of the state legislators on its demand for inclusion of Meetei/Meitei in the ST list of the Indian Constitution.
The STDCM submitted a memorandum seeking MLA’s support to the demand of the committee after which the leaders presented a brief account on the need for ST tag for the community.
After a patient hearing the MPCC president said that as a legislator, he was always in favour of the demand.
Categorically stating that his support to the demand was at his individual level, the MPCC president said that a political party, the MPCC was yet to take up at the party level for deliberation.
The STDCM has been seeking support of the legislators in pressing the state government to furnish the specific recommendations along with required ethnography and latest socio-economic survey reports of the Meitei/Meetei to the Centre for consideration of the demand for ST status.
The former three times chief minister had also told the STDCM that the Congress party was not certain yet on the demand for the inclusion of the Meetei/Meitei community in the ST category before knowing the sentiments of other ethnic communities of the state.
He had assured that the party will definitely support the demand if it becomes a larger interest of the state and not going to create a bigger issue in the state.

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