Protest sittings demand price control
Source: The Sangai Express
Imphal, November 11 2011:
A twin protest demonstration demanding effective price control and ensuring availability of essential goods in adequate quantities were staged today at Kwakeithel Bazar and Wangkhei Meihoubam Lampak.
The protest demonstrations were staged under the aegis of the Protection and Preservation Committee, a conglomerate of 34 different organisations.
The committee started organising similar protest demonstrations since November 8 after taking into account the miserable state of affairs prevailing in Manipur because of the protracted highway blockade.
The protest demonstrations raised 10 different points/demands which included that the weak Government should not continue to mislead the people when it is devoid of political will.
The other demands were; make all National Highways blockade-proof, ensure abundant availability of all essential goods, devise effective price control mechanism, disband all black markets, re-activate all fair price shops, open ways and means to import essential commodities from Myanmar, expedite all highway development works leading to Imphal, and set up Economic Development Council.
At Kwakeithel, president of Kanglamei which is a constituent member of the Protection and Preservation Committee, Leirik cautioned that the present phase of democratic agitation would be intensified if the Government fails to translate the said demands into action at the earliest.
One Keinyahanbi, a vendor at Kwakeithel who took part in the protest demonstration said they have been extreme misery as neither LPG nor kerosene is available while electric supply is quire erratic and unreliable.
"How could we survive under such harsh conditions?" she questioned.
She further urged upon the Government to ensure that all essential commodities are available all over the State in adequate quantities.