CTL&LS petitions CM for promotion of tribal languages

IMPHAL, 29th Jan: For the development of tribal languages in Manipur, Council of Tribal Languages and Literature Societies (CTL&LS), Manipur has petitioned Chief Minister N Biren for allocating fund in the proposed state’s budget for 2018-19 fiscal so as to ensure continuation of tribal languages in the school education as mother tongue subjects and also for promoting those tribal languages which are yet to be approved.

Pointing out the state government did not allot any fund for education of tribal languages (both approved and unapproved languages) in the state for the fiscal 2017-18, CTL&LS chairman Ragongning Gangmei maintained that it is a serious damage to the emotional integrity of the state and an assault to the common future of all communities since language is the identity, future and hope of a linguistic community.

He continued that all the 35 tribal languages in Manipur have now become endangered languages due to total absence of state’s patronage. During the regime of past government, at least a meagre sum of Rs 16 lakh for printing of school text books of tribal languages was sanctioned on the basis of 50:50 sharing pattern between the state government and the union government. As such it seems that the new state government is going to uproot the tribal languages from the school education system and thereby ultimately from the soil of Manipur. Now the literature societies of tribal languages are caught in a dilemma whether to continue tribal languages in the school education system or to stop learning tribal languages in schools, Ragongning Gangmei said.

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