Imphal, April 7
North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) NEFIS expressed strong condemnation to the incident of racist attacks on the North-east people at various part of the mainland Indian states.
“ It should be noted that many incidents have happened in the last few days in which people from North-east have been called ‘Corona’ and have been span upon”, a statement of the Forum said.
It added that NEFIS had earlier written to the Union Home Ministry regarding the racist attacks being faced by the North-east people during the lockdown. Despite the caution, such attacks are continuing across the country. Such incidents are unfortunate and highlight the widespread bias against North-east people, and as such should be strictly dealt with.
On the other hand the Forum appealed to the Manipur Chief Minister to increase the amount being given to stranded workers in various cities across the country. The NEFIS had yesterday written to the Manipur CM regarding the plight of the workers stranded in Bangalore and other cities during the lockdown. These workers with their respective families do not have the means to buy subsistence and as such are in a very pathetic condition. The workers are not receiving any wages in the lockdown and have little savings left to last them during the lockdown.
Meanwhile, the NEFIS called on for donations from civil society to help organize relief for the stranded people of Manipur and North-East during this time of crisis. The funds so collected would be used to distribute food and other essential items tomorrow to stranded workers in Bangalore and other cities across the country.