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Bishnupriya Manipuris demand Rs 50 crore from Budget

From our Staff Reporter

Silchar, March 18: Eight different Bishnupriya Manipuri organizations sought the intervention of the Prime Minister and Assam Chief Minister for the approval and inclusion of Rs 50 crore projects in the current Budget for the five year economic development, as undertaken by the Bishnupriya Manipuri Linguistic Minority Development Council of Assam.

Various Bishnupriya Manipuri organizations took out a silent procession on Tuesday in memory of Sudeshna Sinha, the language martyr who sacrificed her life on March 16, 1996 when State police opened fire at the Bishnupriya agitators at Kalkalighat Railway Station in Patharkandi. Bishnupriya Manipuris had called a 501-hour rail bandh in Barak Valley demanding introduction of their mother language in the primary stage of education in the State. Bishnupriya Manipuris have been observing March 16 as black day since then.

In two separate memoranda addressed to the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister, the Bishnupriya Manipuri Linguistic Minority Development Council, Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Students’ Union, Bishnupriya Manipuri Gana Sangram Parishad, Bishnupriya Manipuri Sahitya Sabha, Bishnupriya Manipuri Women Organization, Bishnupriya Manipuri Language Teachers’ Association, Bishnupriya Manipuri Farmers’ Association, Bishnupriya Manipuri Youth Welfare and Development Organization demanded financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh to Sudeshna’s family from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund as well as Rs 50,000 to the nine agitators who sustained bullet injuries.


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