SSUM calls for public protests
IMPHAL| Jul 10
Socialist Students’ Union of Manipur (SSUM) has asked the people of the State to rise up and stand against the issue of corruption regarding the distribution of PDS rice.
While stating the economically backward sections of the society are facing innumerable hardships due to substantial increase in the price of rice and that this has become a huge public issue, a release blamed the State government and ministers concerned for befooling the public for years by claiming that there is no issue of shortage of rice. It also extended its regard to Khurai MLA, Shusindro for exposing the issue of discrepancies in regard to PDS rice distribution to the public.
“It is no longer time for the people of the State to remain idle now that an MLA has exposed the issue of corruption,” the release continued while calling people of all localities to rise up and commence public protest against the corruption involved in the distribution of PDS rice.
“There is no difference in stealing whether it is done by private individuals or ministers,” it contended while adding that people who steal from the poor have no chance of reforming themselves at all.
SSUM also stated that the ploy by Lok Jana Shakti Party (LJP) to divert the issue as an argument between locals of Khurai and Langthabal is unfortunate while adding an appeal to the people of Langthabal not to be fooled by the claims of LJP. Mentioning that the shortage of rice in the State has been going on for more than three-four months, the release further asserted that the shortage is man-made as it is result of selling low-cost rice meant for the public at high prices in the market. “So, it is imperative that the people of Manipur rise up unitedly and confront the government on the issue of the man-made scarcity,” it said.
“The issue is not of the Khurai MLA alone but an issue of the public being deprived of their rightful share of rice,” it continued while calling for a united response from the people against the issue and appealing the public to orchestrate protest meet at all localities.
SSUM, in its release, further stated that the CM has no right to remain silent at the time of this crucial juncture while also demanding legal actions to be taken up against those officials and individuals involved in the scandal.
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