IMPHAL: The All Manipur Muslims (Meitei Pangal) Welfare Association (AMPWA) has demanded the extension of reservation for OBC in admissions to general courses of all higher educational institutions as a state policy, specifying the 4 percent reservation for the Meitei Pangal community.
Addressing media persons at Manipur Press Club, Majorkhul on Tuesday the president of AMPWA, A.R.Khan in particular pressed for the extension of 4% reservation in favor of the Meitei-Pangal students for admission in general courses in higher education institutes other than profession and technical.
Recounting the background of the movement for its demand he stated that during its silver jubilee celebration the association submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister of Manipur who was the Chief Guest of the function at the programme held at Hotel Imphal, Sangai Hall on October 2, 2018. The memorandum included a list of 14 point demands for the development of the Meitei-Pangal in Manipur. The said memorandum reflects the issue of extension of reservation of seats to admissions of students in general courses of education under State as well as Central Governments for the Meitei-Pangal students of Manipur.
“The points include almost all the spectra of development. The Chief Minister announced favorably to look into those demands and take up appropriate actions to implement whatever possible particularly issue of extension of reservation. The socio-economic survey of the Meitei-Pangal and measures for economic improvement for Meitei Pangal were mentioned by the Chief Minister to be looked into for fulfilling the wishes of the community among others,” he continued.
Subsequently, the chief minister met AMMPWA representatives for discussing further steps. Further, under the initiative of the Chief Minister himself a high level committee of the representative of important CSOs of Meitei-Pangals and officials of the Government was constituted to translate the demands into action by the State government machinery. The committee made in the office of the chief minister on December 4, 2018 took up certain steps like socio-economic survey of Lilong-Haorebei sub-division and initiative for placing the matter of extension of reservation of OBC including Meitei-Pangal Students before the State Cabinet at the earliest.
As a follow up, a draft Cabinet memorandum was also prepared by the Minority Affairs and OBC Department. The concerned file was submitted to the higher authority concerned by the MOBC in March 2019. The department sought comments from education departments. After that it appeared that the matter had been stuck up without further movement, AR Khan stated.
According to the association, generally, reservation for OBC should include general education not limiting to professional and technical education as per the judgment of Supreme Court in Indra Shauny case 1992 which is famous in the legal circle, he stated adding that the whole reservation for ST/SC includes general education also without restricting to professional and technical courses.
The association informed that it is submitting a reminder of its demands forwarded on October 2, 2018 to the Chief Minister of Manipur with the desire for an early action to comply with the promises assured in the previous meetings of the AMMPWA silver jubilee celebration and meetings held with representatives of AMMPWA afterwards.
AMMPWA members including retired IAS officer M.A.Sattar, retired Director of Horticulture M.Hafizudin, MCS officer M.A.Sukur and vice president of AMMPWA Akhtar Hussian attended the press meet.