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Chief Minister N Biren Singh today categorically stated that his government supports the people’s demand for inclusion of Meitei/Meetei in the Scheduled Tribe list

04-03-2019

Imphal:

Apparently facing mounting pressure, the Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh today categorically stated that his government supports the people’s demand for inclusion of Meitei/Meetei in the Scheduled Tribe list and assured that the government will not remain tight-lipped over the demand. His statement comes after Opposition MLA K Meghachandra raised a call attention motion over the issue in the Assembly. It also comes a day after a mammoth public protest rally was taken out in Imphal on the same demand yesterday. The House session which began on February 20 last ended today. The Chief Minister further referred to the long-pending demand and recalled that the Scheduled Tribe Demand Committee Manipur (STDCM) submitted a memorandum to the government on September 29 last, which was later sent to the Manipur State Commission for Scheduled Tribe for necessary action. Chief Minister Biren also informed the House that the Ministry of Tribal Affairs had earlier asked the state government to submit a report on the socio-economy survey and ethnography, which has been done accordingly. The state government has taken the issue seriously. We understand the aspiration of the people, which has been supported even by the titular king of Manipur, Leishemba Sanajaoba

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh, who also holds Home portfolio today informed the House that at present there are 26,321 male personnel and 2050 female personnel in the active service in the state. Responding to a question from Opposition MLA AK Mirabai, the Chief Minister further informed that equal facility is given in the line of promotion for both male and female in the active service.  At present, there are women officers who are serving in the ranks of IGP, DIG, SP and CO, Biren said. He said rate of crime against women has climbed down and that the state now has a fast track court to handle crimes against women in the state

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