Imphal, April 9
Amidst hectic preparation to contain the pandemic COVID -19 from spreading in the state of Manipur, a crack emerges between Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar and Chief Minister N. Biren Singh.
BJP MLA S. Rajen while reacting to a statement by Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar, who is also the legislature wing leader National Congress Party (NCP) today hit a slashing criticism over his mockery remark to the Chief Minister’s announcement for distribution of 4 Kg of rice at free of cost from the NFSA rice quota of April month.
Simmering tension between the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister was noticed by the people after Yumnam Devjit Singh , son of the Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar was arrested in connection with his statement against the Prime Minister of India which was spread through social networking site. The matter was blanketed for some time until the Deputy Chief Minister yesterday openly called the assurance of 4 Kg rice to each person ‘a mad man promises’.
The Deputy Chief Minister was telling people that it is next to impossible of distributing rice to all the people as the rice is not sufficient.
Clarifying to the statement of Yumnam Joykumar, by terming it as ‘misleading’, S. Rajen said that monthly quota under NFSA for Uripok Assembly constituency is 1269.60 quintal. In this crisis time considering the Uripok Assembly constituency as urban area which is densely populated, additional 200 quintal of rice procured under market price has been allotted by the Chief Minister to make sure that every persons get at least 4 kg of rice per head.
“Total rice allocated was 1469.60 quintal and has been lifted from the godown by the Deputy Chief Minister on Monday” Rajen said adding that if the total rice is distributed 4 kg per head then a total of 36,740 will get the benefit.
He termed the statement of Deputy Chief Minister as irresponsible. MLA Sushindro (Yaima) was also present while giving the clarification statement.