IMPHAL: The CPI (M) has organised protest meetings in different locations of the state as a part of the nationwide week long movement which was started from August 20. The protest meetings were held indoors in most of the local communities and at the CPI (M) State Committee office at Paona Bazar.
The state level protest meeting was addressed by Kshetrimayum Santa, Secretary CPI (M) Manipur, and Sarat Salam and Yumnam Ratan, Secretariat members of the party. The meeting was also attended by the state level functionaries of the party and its mass fronts with the adherence to the SOP of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The meeting has put forward the 16 demands before the Central government and Manipur government in the interest of the people for their implementation. The demands are immediate cash transfer of Rs. 7,500 per month for the next six months to all families outside the income tax bracket, immediate distribution of free foodgrains of 10 kg per individual per month for the next six months for all the needy, expand MGNREGA to ensure at least 200 days of work a year with enhanced wages. Promulgate an Urban Employment Guarantee Act and announcement of unemployment allowance to all the unemployed, scrap the proposal to repeal the Interstate Migrant Workmen Act (Regulation of Employment & Conditions of Services) Act 1979 and, on the contrary, strengthen the Act, increase Central expenditure on public health to at least 3 per cent of the GDP, scrap the ordinances that remove the Essential Commodities Act and to amend the APMC Act to allow free movement of food grains across states on the basis of unregulated pricing, withdraw all proposals to abolish/ amend /suspend existing labour laws, scrap privatization of public sector undertakings, especially Indian railways and in electricity, petroleum, coal, banks/insurance, defence production sectors, transfer all funds collected in a private trust fund bearing the PM’s name to the States who are in the forefront of combating the pandemic, as the Disaster Management Act has been invoked for combating the pandemic, announce a one-time financial assistance to the families of victims who succumbed to the pandemic in accordance with the National Disaster Relief Fund provisions, strictly implement reservations for SC/ST/OBCs & disabled and fill up all backlog posts, examine and award degrees to the final year graduate and post-graduate students on the basis of their previous semesters, performance, immediately release all those who have been detained since August 2019 in Jammu & Kashmir and restore full communications and allow free movement of people, release all political prisoners in jails detained under draconian laws like UAPA, NSA, Sedition Act, withdraw Environment Impact Assessment 2020 and punish the perpetrators of growing caste violence against Dalits, domestic and sexual violence against women and exploitation of the tribals.