IMPHAL: The Committee on Inclusion of Sanamahi Laining in the list of Minority Religion of India (SALAIMIREL) has appealed to the state government to pressurize the Central government for inclusion of Sanamahi Laining in the minority religions list of India.
The statement was made during a press meet held at Manipur Press Club on Sunday.
Addressing media persons, Co-Convenor of SALAIMIREL Sapamcha Jadumani said that there are six religions in India that are included in the minority religion namely Muslims, Sikhs, Christian, Parsis, Jain and Buddhist. The total population of Muslims in India is around 17 crores, Christian 3 crores and others in the above mentioned minority religions at around 70-80 lakh populations but Sanamahi Laining believers in Manipur have about only 2, 20,000 populations which is very less in numbers compared to other minority religions.
If Muslim and Christian are included in minority religions but why cannot Sanamahi Laining be included in minority religions of India. The committee has pressurized the administration demanding inclusion of Sanamahi Laining in minority religions organizing different protests against the state government and Union government in the past, which is a rightful demand, added the Co-Convenor.
He said that a memorandum has been submitted to the chief minister of Manipur and as a continuation of the memorandum submission, then director of MOBC under secretariat has said that the Sanamahi Laining religion can be included in the list of minority religion on November 29, 2018. The MOBC under Secretariat has sent a written to the Secretary, Ministry of Minorities and Affairs, that Sanamahi religion is a minority religion on 2019. After different protest and activities pressurized the state government and MOBC department, the matters have reached the Central government now, added the Co-Convenor.
As the matter have reached to the Central government, the responsible offices should take full responsibility for demands of . He appealed to the state government to put pressure for inclusion of Sanamahi Laining religion in the list of minority religion of India that has come to believe as traditional since our forefather.