Newmai News Network
Imphal | February 26
The Council of Tribal Languages and Literature Societies, Manipur (CTLLSM) has threatened to impose Manipur State-wide bandh any day from now while accusing the State Government of ignoring the tribal languages in the recently presented budget.
“The State Government’s apathy towards the tribal language education is seriously viewed by the Council of Tribal Languages and Literature Societies, Manipur,” said the Council. It then appealed “all communities of the hills and the valley in general and all tribal people and organizations including UNC, KIM, ATSUM, tribe unions/councils, literature societies, all youth, women and student bodies in particular to extend co-operation and to remain ready and alert in their respective districts for the agitation”. The CTLLSM said that dates and time to begin the agitation will be intimated soon to the concerned organizations.
The Council said that indefinite total bandh of along all the national highways, state highways will be imposed any time. It also threatened to ban “all national and state projects” in the hill areas in Manipur. The CTLLSM also threatened to shut down Government offices, shops and business houses in all the hill districts in the State to demand fund allocation for tribal language education.
According to the Council, promotion of tribal language education is “our birth rights” guaranteed by the Constitution of India. It added that the tribal people will not rest till a proper fund is allocated for tribal language education in the State budgets both in the Revised Budget Estimate for 2018-19 and Budget Estimate 2019-2020.
The Council then said that the Manipur State Budget tabled in the 11th State Assembly on February 20, is seriously viewed as an “anti-tribal and anti-State integrity budget”.
According to the Council, the budget clearly reflected the State Government’s apathy towards the tribal languages and their education. The CTLLSM also said that the budget also showed that there is no State policy or plan for tribal languages education in Manipur. It pointed out that there is no fund allocation for tribal languages education. It added that tribal languages and their education are sidelined in this Budget. “The Budget discriminates the hill people and alienated them from it. Therefore, the Budget is dividing the people of Manipur and it is an anti-State integrity budget. It is destroying the fabrics of unity and integrity of Manipur and is an instrument to disintegrate the people of the State because it is playing down the sentiments of the tribal people of the State,” fumed the CTLLSM.