Imphal, March 04, 2020 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh inaugurated the World Meetei Convention 2020 at Lamargram village in Cachar District of Assam in the presence of hundreds of delegates from all over the world today.
Speaking at the gathering, Chief Minister said that it is very emotional that large scale migration of the Meeteis to many places in South East Asian countries and Indian states of Assam and Tripura had taken place in the past due to various reasons. Chief Minister stressed that our society is one of the most civilized societies in the world. It is indeed proud that we have a written history of over 2000 years. We have our own script, language, unique identity, rich culture and tradition and religion, he added.
The Chief Minister mentioned that acknowledging the rich cultural heritage of Manipuri people, the Centre has recently extended Inner Line Permit System (ILPS) in Manipur for protecting the indigenous people. In Assam too, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, the Centre is actively considering to implement the Clause 6 of the Assam Accord which will finally protect the indigenous people of Assam.
Appreciating the Manipuri diasporas in Assam for preserving and protecting the old aged Manipuri culture and tradition, Chief Minister assured that he would address the problems and grievances faced by Manipuri diasporas to the Assam Government. Considering the significant population of Manipuri diasporas in Assam, Chief Minister said that he had already spoken to his counterpart Sarbananda Sonowal for the inclusion of Manipuri language to the list of subjects in the examinations conducted by Assam Public Service Commission (APSC).
Maintaining that the Government of Manipur will extend every possible help to all Manipuri Diasporas, Shri N. Biren Singh stated that the Government of Manipur is keen to develop those historical places in Assam which has special relationship with Manipuris. He promised that a Manipuri Guest House would be constructed at Cachar soon. A similar Guest house will also be constructed at Imphal to facilitate the Manipuri diasporas during their stay in Manipur, he added.
Clarifying about the apprehension among the Manipuri diasporas about the regulation of ILPS, Chief Minister the Manipur government would provide some relaxation to the Manipur Diasporas for entering into the State under ILPS.
The convention, which aims to bring all round development of Meetei community and promote unity and integrity among them, is jointly organised by Pan Meetei Convention and Assam Manipuri Progressive Front. Manipuri literary meet, cultural meet, entertainment meet and interaction programmes will be part of the convention.
Deputy Speaker Shri K. Robindro, MLAs Shri K. Meghachandra, Shri L. Sushindro, Shri L. Rameshwor, Manipur Food Industries Corporation Ltd. Vice Chairman Shri K. Sarat, former Union Minister Shri SK Purkayasthya, DC and SP of Cachar district were also present at the occasion among others.