SILCHAR, Sept 3: Leading Bishnupriya Manipuri organizations have demanded reconstitution of the interim committee of the Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council with total strength of 25 members. In a memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister of Assam and the Minister of Tribal and Backward Class Welfare through the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar today, the leaders of the Maha Sabha, Sahitya Sabha, Students’ Union, Women’s Organization, Gana Sangram Parishad of the Bishnupriya Manipuris while expressing their gratitude to the government for providing them Development Council for all round development of their community, they have insisted on constituting the interim committee with proper representation from all leading social organizations with even representation of constituencies.
They have pointed out that the structure of 15-member committee has not been adhered to till date. Out of the 15 members, three are yet to be inducted. After the resignation of the chairman in March, the strength has come down to 11 which include two government nominees. The actual representation is limited to nine only of the community. The 15-member representation is too small to cover all areas under the jurisdiction of the Development Council. The seven lakh population of the Bishnupriya Manipuris are scattered across the constituencies of Patharkandi, Ratabari, Silchar, Sonai, Katigorah, Borkhola, Dispur, Dholai, Hailakandi, Algapur, besides sparsely populated constituencies of South Karimganj, Badarpur, Lakhipur, Udharband, Diphu, Haflong, Tinsukia, Nagaon and Morigaon.
The memorandum demands increasing the strength of the total members of the Development Council to 25 for effective representation and administration to reach its benefit to the people of the community in general. The names of the members to be inducted will be submitted as and when the government asks for. If the Council is not reconstituted as demanded, the organizations will have no alternative than to resort to agitational course of action.
Courtesy: The Sentinel