Imphal, Jan 24,
Students’ body Kangleipak Students’ Association today lambasted the government of Manipur for its irresponsibility in fulfilling the commitment made by them for removing of non-indigenous people from the list of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled tribe. Removing of the non-indigenous people including Dhobi, Munchi Patni, Namsudra etc. from the list of SC and ST has been a long standing demand of the KSA and representatives of the students’ body had met the Chief Minister on August 25, 2018 at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.
Talking to media persons, KSA leader Bidyananda said that after deliberation over the issue for inclusion of the non-indigenous people to the list of SC and ST, on the meeting with the Chief Minister on August 25, 2018, the representatives of the students’ body had been assured that the matter will be looked upon.
As per 2001 census population of Patni is recorded as 3335, Dhopi -80, Muchi -45, Sutradhar -147 and Namasudra -3312. Bidynanda added and said that the present population would have been much higher from the recorded on as per 2011 census. If these community who are not indigenous people started occupying the indigenous SC people of the state than the KSA will not remain quiet , the KSA leader said.
He further reminded the Supreme Court rulling of August 30, 2018 at which the court said that the Sc should not enjoy the rights of the SC other than their own state. On the other hand there has been instances of Manipuri ST students being driven out from the Nagaland medical College.
The KSA leader also slammed the Government of India over its notification dated May 25, 1995 at which any telli community whohave resided in the state for 7 years should be provided reservation.
The KSA demands to exclude the list of non-indigenous communities from the list of the Schedule Tribe and Schedule Caste list by amending the ST and AC act by January this year. If the government failed the KSA will launch serious form of agitation including bandh and Blockade.
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