Imphal: Commemorating the 21st International Mothers’ Language Day which was observed across the globe on February 21, the Sahitya Thoupang Lup (STL) presented simple gifts including yearly calendar produced by the organization to Rajya Sabha MP and titular king Leishemba Sanajaoba in a function held at Sana Konung, Palace Compound on Tuesday.
The organization also submitted a memorandum to the MP urging him to set up a complex for writers’ community.
Speaking at the event, MP Leishemba Sanajaoba said that he became an MP to serve the entire denizens of the State without any favouritism and he will give his best efforts to materialize the aspirations of the people of different communities.
He asked the people to come up with suggestions and matters which they want to be highlighted in the Parliament, saying that he does not want to take advantage of his position and work against the wishes of the people.
He observed that there is an utter need to encourage those who perform good deeds and work for the welfare of the society by the people collectively. The present society lacks encouragement for those people who render good works. The idea of discouraging people who make hard efforts in different fields for the betterment of the society should be debunked as it will only create negative impacts on the society, he asserted.
He said that if we do not encourage those people who work for the cause of common people with utmost sincerity and dedication then the society will fall under the clutches of individuals having vested interests.
Leishemba said that soon after he was elected as an MP, he pitched for the apparent need to lift Manipuri language to the status of classical language in the Parliament and within a week, the Central Government responded that it is ready to materialize the proposal.
The MP revealed that he was asked to fulfil the four criteria needed for including Manipuri language in the list of classical language and convey the same to the Centre through the State Government.
Chief Secretary of the State and other concerned officials are working on fulfilling the required criteria. A committee in this regard has already been formed, he conveyed, adding that Manipuri language will become the 7th language amongst the different languages of the country if it is included in the list of classical language of the country.
Calling upon the people to extend support to the endeavour, the titular king said that it will be a proud moment for all the people of the State especially those working for the upliftment of Manipuri language if the language is elevated to the status of classical language.
With regard to the memorandum submitted by STL, Leishemba Sanajaoba assured that he will consult with the government to take up necessary steps to do the needful.
Mentioning about the memorandum submitted to him, Leishemba gave an assurance that all the necessary needs will be provided after having a discussion with the state government.
STL Advisor Saratchand Thiyam was also present at the occasion.