Imphal Feb. 17,
Schedule Tribe Demand Committee (STDC), a body spearheading the movement for inclusion of Meetei/Meitei in Schedule tribe list of Manipur declared today that the said committee will organise a mass rally on the 3rd of March to make heed to the government that their demand is a serious issue.
Speaking to media person General Secretary in-charge of STDC Keithelakpam Bhogendrajit said that series of talks had been done with the Chief minister and also in most talks he have given verbal assurance time and again though failing to give a written assurance about it.
He further said that the government is now using delaying tactics to suppress the movement. He added that the inclusion of Meetei/Meitei will give a constitutional safeguard to the Meeteis in protecting its culture and identity.
It can be mention that the said organisation has even called bandh and to obstruct the ongoing process of railway construction even though delayed after talks with CM assuring it once more.
Bhogendrajit said that there demand is a rights given under the constitution. So a normal procedure would simply add the Meetei in ST list as they fulfilled the criteria of being a tribe to be enlisted. And this inclusion will lead to bring constitutional safeguard for the Meetei community.
He further appealed the people of the state to join the mass rally for the protection of culture and identity of the Meetei and also added that they made to fall the rally on Sunday not to hamper the school goers.
Bhogendrajit finally warned that the bandh and the obstruction of Railway construction which was called off is not completely withdrawn and such act will also be done if the government fails to consider it as a serious issue.