Women groups urge Govt to use all its resources
Source: The Sangai Express
Imphal, October 20 2011:
A joint meeting of several women groups/Meira Paibis have urged the Government to use all its resources and wits to vouch the people from the terrible impacts of prolonged economic blockades.
A joint meeting of the Kangleipak Apunba Lamjing Meira Paibi (Kanglamei), Poirei Leimarol Meira Paibi Apunba Manipur, Apunba Manipur Kanba Ima Lup (AMKIL), and Women Civic Action Kangleipak was held at Manipur Press Club here today.
The meeting resolved that the Government should use all its resources and wits to minimise the impacts of prolonged economic blockades which have become chronic in the State.
The second resolution of the meeting was activation of price fixation committee so as to ensure that all the essential commodities are available in adequate quantity and sold at the pre-blockades rates.
The third resolution was ensuring PDS goods to all parts of Manipur.
The meeting also sought attention of the Government into the shortage of essential commodities in markets despite continuous inflow of such commodities to the State.
To ask the Government to check selling of essential commodities in black markets was another resolution of the meeting.
The fifth resolution was initiating necessary procedures for enhancing the number of sanctioned items for the Indo-Myanmar border trade so that essential commodities can also be brought in from Myanmar and beyond.
They also urged the Government to take up necessary measures so that neither security forces nor anti-social elements harass traders travelling along Imphal-Moreh road.
The seventh resolution was in the form of an appeal to all ethnic groups of Manipur to set up economic development councils with a vision to enhance local production of essential commodities.
Addressing the gathering, AMUCO president KT Rehman identified Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act and prolonged highway blockades as the two greatest challenges being faced by the people of Manipur since the day Manipur was forcibly merged into India.
The State Government has no capacity to fix prices of goods nor it is capable of storing the indigenous produces for future use.
He further asserted that no signs of highway development could be seen despite the repeated claims of working on national highways.
Prof Amar Yumnam said that many Asian countries believed that the 21st century belongs to Asia and they have envisioned grand dreams.
Saying that the trans-Asian highway would pass through Manipur, Amar called upon the people to make comprehensive study of the changing situation so as to ensure that Manipur too can envision its own dreams and aspirations.