IMPHAL: A one-day legal awareness meeting on Right to Food was jointly organized by Human Rights Alert (HRA) and COVID-19 Task Force, Lamlai (CTFL) at Ibudhou Pureilomba Complex, Lamlai on Wednesday.
Advocate Okram Kiranjit who was a resource person pointed out the entitlements of the persons having Priority Household (PHH) card and AAY card. He also explained how to redress their grievances through the District Redressal Officers and the Manipur Food Commission.
Advocate N. Subhaschandra, also speaking as a resource person pointed out the 17 directives passed by the High Court of Manipur in the recent PIL filed by HRA. Advocate Ch. Korouhanba analyzed the allocation of food grains of Manipur and specifically the entitlements for Lamlai.
Speaking at the awareness programnme, Thokchom Saimond Singh of the Food Commission emphasized the criticality of right to food during the on-going lockdown/pandemic and urged the Task Force to have specialized Sub-Committee on Food to systematically pursue their rights and entitlement. He also encouraged the common people to make use of the Legal Aids Clinic, only to find out that there is not a single Clinic in the whole of Lamlai Municipal Council area. He therefore called on them to approach the concerned authority to open a Legal Aids Clinic at the earliest.
While delivering his presidential speech, Babloo Loitongbam, exalted the folks of Lamlai for the historic role they played in the various struggles in Manipur and for remaining organized and vigilant of their rights. He encouraged them to use the available redress mechanisms and handed over copies of the Manipuri translation of the recent High Court judgment on Right to Food as well as various forms to lodge complaints under the Manipur Food Security Rules.
A brisk question and answer session went on for more than an hour as the folks wanted to know how to seek redressal of their grievances and the HRA lawyers’ team tried to craft various possibilities of legal, social and political actions.
Judicial Member, Manipur Food Commission Thokchom Saimond Singh, Chairman of CTFL Thokchom Nabakumar and Executive Director of HRA Babloo Loitongbam attended as the chief guest and presidium members on the day respectively.