SBI Accepted Pfoze’s Push to Remove Mandatory Manipuri Language

Imphal, 18 Nov (TP): In a big win for the SBI recruitment aspirants, the Bank now offers option of English or Manipuri langauge as requirement for aspirants to work for State Bank of India. Earlier, there was furor over SBI’s directive for compulsory knowledge of Manipuri language as the staff selection criteria for Bank. Manipur State is known to be ethnically comprised of several groups like the Meiteis, Nagas, Kukis, Napalese etc. Of them, Manipuri is spoken by only the Meitei group whereas other groups have their own mother tongue.

In response to this, the MP of Manipur Outer Consituency, Dr. Lorho Pfoze wrote to the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, to make English as alternative language in the SBI staff recruitment process as “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”, wrote the MP.

To this, the Union Minister of State for Finance, Dr. Bhagwat Karad has informed recently in writing to Dr. Pfoze that “the matter was taken up with State Bank of India and the Bank has informed that from the recruitment year 2022-23, option of both English and Manipuri will be there in recruitment of Junior Associates by the Bank.”

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