Imphal Free Press
The Manipur Students’ Federation (MSF) has stated that it has come across several instances of basic amnesties being sold at higher rates amid the COVID-19 lockdown and urged the government to urgently look into the matter.
Many businessmen have hoarded items and selling them in any price rate they want by taking advantage of the lockdown, the MSF stated in a release.
As the assurance of the government to provide ration to daily wage earners and AAY/BPL families under National Food Security Act (NFSA), has not been turned to action yet, many are about to face starvation, it stated. Therefore, MSF appeals to the authority concerned to provide the basic needs, such as food and medicinal supplies etc. to the public, it added.
On the other hand, there is also an urgent need to address and tackle the racial discrimination being meted out towards Manipuri and Northeast students who are studying in other parts of the country, MSF stated. Though there has been a complete lock down in the country, the poor sections will be forced to come out if they face starvation and can become vulnerable to the virus, it added.
MSF is fully prepared to assist the government in measures undertaken for the welfare of the public, the release said. If the departments concerned which are on duty to fight the pandemic require volunteers, MSF will come out assist, it added.
The release further stated that with more people coming out of their homes by breaking the curfew, there is a clear sign of lacking in awareness about the seriousness of the situation in the country which is heading towards 4th stage of the pandemic. MSF appeals to the public to become responsible and actively take part in social distancing to fight the pandemic, it added.
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