IMPHAL: The MP of Manipur Dr. Lorho Phoze in his letter to the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has appealed for the removal of mandatory Manipuri language in the SBI recruitment notice/guidelines in Manipur state.
He said he wishes to grab the attention of the Finance Minister "to the discrepancies felt among the tribal people of the state of Manipur."
He reiterated that "Manipur is inhabited by various ethnic groups with diverse cultural and linguistic practices and the state has gone through turbulent times in the past over these issues", and education system does not mandate Manipuri language in the state. Therefore, he says, "making Manipuri a mandatory language for recruitment is not justifiable."
He further adds that a necessary directive be given to broaden the recruitment area to provide opportunity to all the ethnic groups within the state and give Manipuri and English as optional languages for the candidates.
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