Imphal, March 29
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh once more reiterated that each person in every assembly constituency should get 4 Kg of rice and that every MLA has been requested to keep strict vigilance to make sure that no one remains hungry during the nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
In a press conference held at the Chief Minister’s Office today morning, the Chief Minister said that the rice is being distributed from the NFSA share of April month and that the government will pay for it. However, according to NFSA each cardholder is entitled 5 Kg of rice per month but to make sure that every person gets their food the government decided to distribute 4 Kg of rice free of cost.
Spokesperson of the state government Th. Bishwajit had also announced the same on March 23 saying that the state cabinet had resolved to distribute NFSA rice to every person free of cost from the share of April. He also stated that people with CMHT will also get the rice equally.
Chief Minister’s reiteration and Government spokesperson statement turn out to be the greatest joke for the people living in Keishamthong Assembly Constituency as people who are not in the electoral roll are denied from getting their share. Those who are staying in rent and those people below 18 years have to remain hungry during the lockdown as they have not been provided the share announced by the Chief Minister of Manipur and the Government spokesperson.
A lady from Keishamthong Longjam Leirak today, today called up to Imphal Times saying that she had two sons whose name is yet to be enlisted in the voter list due to underage.
“The agent said only I will get 4 kg of rice while my two sons will not get it, so I return without taking my share as my two sons eat more than me”, a widow who lives on hand to mouth said.
She also added that she rather die of hunger with her sons instead of letting her sons with an empty stomach.
An agent who came to a family of 5 (five) members but with only one in the voter list said that he will give only for the person in the voter list, Among the five members three are enrolled in the voter list of Sugnu Assembly constituency while two are yet to be enrolled in the voter lists due to underage even though they are fully grown up.
In a crisis, many have voluntarily come out to extend helping hand to the poor and needy but some people including the representative of the people are playing politics taking advantage of the crisis.
“If the Chief Minister thinks that people in Keishamthong Assembly constituency are his people too he should directly interfere with the problem being faced by the people”, another person relayed a video message to Imphal Times.