IMPHAL: A delegation of CPI, Manipur State Council, has submitted a memorandum to the chief minister N. Biren Singh listing its own viewpoints regarding the lockdown and curfew imposed to fight against COVID-19 in the state as well as the country.
In the memorandum which highlighted the existing conditions lying in front of the people, the CPI mentioned as its first point the scarcity of food items and other essential commodities which has emerged as acute problem in the prevailing war-like situation. It demanded that essential commodities are made available to the people and undue price hike are checked. Prompt intervention on part of the state government is required to track down wrongful doing in the public distribution system since reports of several grey areas have been brought to notice during distribution of ration through local MLAs and fair price shops, the CPI said.
CPI reiterated its proposal made earlier to the Chief Minister for an all political parties meeting to discuss the prevailing situation. The chief minister reportedly did not give any response to its idea although neighbouring state of Assam has already convened all political parties meetings in connection with the fight against COVID-19.
Therefore, CPI is still pursuing the matters for a positive response from the Chief Minister office, the memorandum mentioned.
The CPI demanded the state government to tie up with the union government and take up concrete measures and special arrangements for rescuing thousands of students and other Manipuris who are still stranded outside the states. Stressing the fact that the stranded students are staying in harsh circumstances encumbered by negative fallouts of COVID-19, economic hardships and scarcity of food besides racial discrimination which has also fallen upon them.
The memorandum to CM by the CPI Manipur State Council also focused on the aggravating water scarcity and urged the government to take stock of the grim situation and take up certain measures to store water from all available sources and supply it to every household as community water bodies like rivers, lake, pond etc, have all dried up and monsoon is yet to set in. Due to this water scarcity, the agricultural sector, farmers and peasants are suffering a lot. Other than economic resuscitation, immediate relief measures like providing food and essential items and exemption from the purview of curfew and lockdown are urgently required so as to enable them to work in their fields, the party demanded.
The memorandum was signed by State Secretary L. Sotinkumar, National Executive Member (CPI)
Dr. M. Nara Singh, and assistant secretaries Kh. Surchand Singh and M. Joykumar Luwang.