Thoubal: AMSU Kakching District committee, in a press release, has come out with strong appeal to shopkeepers not to hike prices of items taking advantage of the lockdown and curfew.
The press release signed by their President G. Shitaljit Sharma stated that due to the ongoing nationwide lockdown being implemented to contain Covid-19 spread, the entire state has also been witnessing the travel restriction. Since the enforcement, public are also facing many hardships.
In the meantime, many grocery shops and vegetable vendors in the Kakching town are found selling essential items including rice by hiking the prices. Unfortunately, the State government remained as a silent spectator, and no action has been taken up on this issue till now. AMSU Kakching District requested the State Government not to act deaf and blind, demanding immediate intervention from the government side on the issue of price hike, the release mentioned.
The press release also stated that many farmers and daily wage earners have been bearing the brunt of lockdown, they were forced to starve due to non-availability of rice and essential items, moreover price hike in the rice and other essential commodities have added salt to the injury for the poor families, the government should look into this at the earliest and requested the local traders not to hike price, we should help each other in such a time of crisis, the release added.
The press release also appealed the State Government to make special arrangements for the students who have lost their academic activities for such a long period.