Monday, 12 March 2012

Bishnupriya Manipuri diploma holders’ dharna at Dispur

From our Special


SILCHAR, March 11: Bishnupriya Manipuri language teaching training diploma holders under the banner of its association staged protest demonstration before the assembly secretariat at Dispur on last Wednesday in support of their three-point charter of demands and to press for their fulfillment by the State Government. Gopidas Sinha, chief advisor of the association, said here today that it was part of their prefixed agitation programme and during the six-hour demonstration, ADC of Kamrup (Metro) M Modak received the memorandum articulating their demands and assured of positive response from the chief minister and the education minister. He added to say that after the current session of the assembly, official meeting would be convened by the government for free and fair discussion on the issues raised.

Gopidas Sinha elaborating on the demands said these included appointment of Bishnupriya Manipuri language teaching training diploma holders in the LP, MV and ME schools to teach Bishnupriya Manipuri language, preparation of text books in Bishnupriya Manipuri language and their availability to the linguistic minority dominated ME and MV schools and the appointment of the diploma holders in the language against the dropped and vacant posts in LP schools.

The memorandum submitted to the Education Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, signed by 70 diploma holders on agitation pointed out that according to the right to education, appointment of teachers should be on the basis of 30:1 teacher-student ratio. Though the Assam Government by a notification on May 25, 1999, appointed 149 diploma holders at the LP school level, but till date no text books have been prepared for the ME and MV schools. It had deprived the Bishnupriya Manipuri students of receiving education in their mother tongue. The number of such schools presently stood at around 100. It was therefore imperative that besides preparation of text books, appointment of diploma holders against vacant posts should be given priority.

Gopidas Sinha said until and unless these demands were met by the State Government, their agitation would continue and the demonstration or dharna at Dispur was the first phase of their long drawn movement for the cause of democratic and constitutional rights of the Bishnupriya Manipuri students.

Courtesy: The Sentinel
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