IMPHAL: CPI Manipur State Council has raised the demand that the government pay-off the wages for job card holders under MGNREGS after ensuring no deduction of wages for the period of 21 days of lockdown and curfew imposed countrywide to control the Covid-19 outbreak.
In a press note released by assistant secretary M. Joykumar on Thursday, the party stated that during the constrained situation of lockdown and curfew, people of hills and valley of Manipur are now surviving with limited essential commodities and basic needs. The distribution of 4 kg rice per household for one month will actually last only for 3/4 days and looking at the uncertain time ahead, the poor people are overwhelmed with fear over how they will be running ther households with the scarce resources till there is improvement in the situation.
As doctor and nurses are performing their duties at the frontline in fighting against the spread of this zoonotic disease, they must be encouraged with provision of benefits in advance, it noted. Delhi government had declared compensation of Rs 1 crore if any person dies from Coronavirus.
Since construction works in the state have been brought to a halt, the CPI has urged the government to give an amount of Rs 2000/2000 each to all the construction workers of various unorganized sectors in the state.
CPI MSC urged the authorities to hold communication with people living outside the state for their studies and jobs in drastic situations to inquire about their well-beings, which it reasoned the government is obliged to and keep an eye on them during the 21 days of lockdown. Providing their requirement at this time is crucial and mandatory, CPI asserted while mentioning that incentives must be given to health workers.