Imphal, July 12,
Socialist Women’s Association (SWA) organized a protest demonstration at Singjamei Mayeng Leikai today against the rising price of rice.
SWA General Secretary Sarungbam(o) Bijenti Devi said that under the public distribution system BPL card holder receive three kilo grams of rice per person at the price of rupees three for a month but it is not sufficient at all.
“In the market, superfine rice cost has risen up to thirty three rupees and the price of the local rice has increased to fifty rupees”, Bijenti said and urged the concern authorities to look into the matter and take measures to decrease the price of the rice available in the market.
The increasing cost of rice which is the staple of people living in Manipur has severely hit the workers who are living on their meager daily wages, she added.
SWA protesters urged the government that they should not invite a third Nupi Lal and reduce the price of the rice immediately. SWA demanded a CBI inquiry on the matter and urged that those responsible for the rising cost of rice must be punished.
It also demanded that the resignation of ministers involved in the missing of rice. The state is suffering from the rising price of rice since some years.
It may be mention that there is an ongoing row over missing rice in the state. MLA Susindro has accused the contractor Hemanta that he is responsible for creating the artificial scarcity of rice while the other side has blamed the MLA and his people for the failure in the distribution of rice.
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