Imphal, March 29
While supporting the government call for total lockdown across the nation to break the chain of the Coronavirus pandemic, Chairperson of the Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) Khaidem Mani said that the commission has received various report about violation of the right to food at many places.
“Government has taken up measures to ensure that every person gets food by distributing 4 Kg of rice but in some area, people whose name are not in the voter list have been barred from getting it as if they have no right to live”, Khaidem Mani said.
He further added that the state government had assured 20 kg of rice to a family of five members and the implementation of distribution of rice has been assigned to the MLAs of each assembly constituency. However, the Commission has received complaints from people of some Assembly constituencies barring rice share to persons who are not in the voter list which is more like to say that those who are not in the voter list have no right to live, Khaidem Mani said.
He added that the commission also received partial attitude of some agents at some Assembly constituencies where the rich and influential gets bag of rice when poor people are distributed only 3 Kg of rice. The Chairperson of the MHRC however, did not disclose the name of the constituency as of now but said that people’s representatives are also liable for punishment if they violated Human Rights.
Khadem Mani further said that the commission also received complaints about violation of the Rights of the Child.
“ Around 3200 Children who are staying in the Child care centers have not get rice and their nutrition that they have been entitled. Care to prevent the spread of Coronavirus by distributing masks, soaps, hand sanitizers, etc. have not been taken up”, Khadem Manipur said.
Even though the lockdown and the curfew are the only means to fight the spread of the coronavirus and as everyone have been ordered to stay indoor it is also the bounded duty of the government to ensure their Right to live, that is why the state government has order to distribute rice to all the people.