House Committee formed to enquire into religious matter of census
Source: Manipur Mail

Imphal, July 31: The Manipur Legislative Assembly today formed a House Committee headed by the Arts and Culture minister Dr M Nara Singh to look into the matter of absence of various ethnic religions of Manipur in counting heads during census.

The other members are Y Erabot Minister Hr Edn, Gaikhangam Minister Works, Korunthang, N Biren, O Joy, Dr Nimaichand Luwang, L Ibomcha, BD Behring.

O Joy raised a private member resolution to include Sanamahi religion in the census records.

The Chief Minister pointed out that there were be problems if the House takes resolution of Sanamahi only as there are large numbers of religion in Manipur hence the decision to form a House Committee was reached.

N Sovakiran and L Ibomcha also moved a resolution to urge the central government to establish a separate High Court for Manipur.

L Ibomcha said Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya have got their own High Courts.

When the High Court at Sikkim was established there were less than 50 cases.

In Manipur there are more than 5500 cases pending.

The step motherly treatment meted out to Manipur should be stopped Ibomcha said.

AK Sen Law Minister had already informed that the centre is ready to help in opening a permanent bench in Manipur.

We lack political will hence the matter is delayed.

It is extremely costly for the common people to go to Guwahati for the court cases he observed.

S Ibohal said the poor people, are badly affected as they cannot afford to Guwahati.

The Law Minister L Nandakumar said the government should have a proper place before demanding establishment of such a permanent bench.

He assured the House that he will take up all necessary steps to ensure that a permanent bench is established at the earnest.

The chief Minister said he will pursue the matter.

He expressed his desire to have a complex where the court.

Assembly and the Secretariat will be located.

L Ibomcha also moved a private members' resolution demanding that the percentage of reservation for SC and ST shall be 1 percent and 27 percent respectively from 1/6/85 and the reservation in promotion for SC and ST should be done by the state government after survey of SC and ST representation in services under the state.

At present there is 2% reservation for SC and 31% for ST.

Thangminglien Kipgen also moved a resolution demanding that the Sadar Hills District Council be upgraded to a full fledged revenue district.