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Manipuris concerned over MIL clause

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 23 - The Manipuri National Council (MNC) has expressed concern over the recent statement made by Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma regarding appointment of TET qualified youths of the State.

In a statement, the MNC stated that the entire Manipuri community of Assam are at unease after the minister stated that only if a TET qualified candidate had taken up one of the three MIL subjects � Bodo, Bengali and Assamese � in HSLC examination, his or her job is guaranteed by the government.

�The Manipuri language is a constitutionally recognized one and is a medium of instruction from LP school up to high school level and is a subject taught in the MA course of Assam University. More than 20 per cent of the students of Barak Valley are from Manipuri-medium schools. Over 100 TET-qualified educated Manipuri youths are awaiting appointment,� it said.

The MNC has sought a clarification from the Assam Government �on the sensitive issue as early as possible so that the prevailing feeling of dishonour to the mother tongue of nearly ten lakh population of Assam does not last long.�

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