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State government resolved to bear train fare for stranded Manipuri till Guwahati; Doctors’ demand for NPA accepted

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Imphal, May 6

After receiving severe criticisms over charging of excess bus fare from stranded Manipuri people who were recently deported from Guwahati Manipur Bhavan, the state cabinet today resolved to bear all the train fare expenses to reach till Northeast. The resolution of the state cabinet meeting held today morning chaired by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh was taken amidst attack from the opposition Congress party. Congress leader Sonia Gandhi had announced to bear the rail fare for migrant workers for their deportation to their respective home state. Following this Narendra Modi government also assured 86% fare to be borne by the Government of India.

Here in Imphal, opposition leaders had mocked the state government over their excess charges of bus fare from those stranded due to the nationwide lockdown to counter the COVID-19 invasion.

However, the cabinet has decided that all the necessary arrangement will be given to stranded citizens of Manipur in Northeastern states but, the expenses will be borne by themselves to reach Manipur.  

On the other hand the state cabinet meeting also approved to accept the demand of the doctors for payment of Non-Practicing Allowances as a special pay.

Today’s Cabinet meeting however decided to shut down Ema Keithel, Paona bazaar, Thangal Bazaar, and all the other main markets within the Imphal Valley as a precautionary measure  and in consideration of the stranded citizens arriving from other states.

Rural areas will be exempted from the shut down as per considerations.

Maheshwar Gurumayum

Maheshwar Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since 2013. An avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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