Six bodies caution indefinite general strike

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, July 15, 2019: Six bodies of Khurai assembly constituency have cautioned to initiate indefinite general strike from 6 am of July 17 if the 5-month pending rice for the constituency is not distributed by July 16.

The local bodies were the JAC against the bomb blast of Khurai Sajor Leikai, Khurai Kendra Development Committee, Islamic Development Association, Khomidok Social Development Club and Khomidok Development Association Meira Paibi.

President of fair price shop (FPS) committee, Khurai, Md. Basirudin in a press conference held on Monday at Khurai said the people of the constituency have been demanding to distribute the 5-month pending rice to be distributed under National Food Security Act.

On July 11 agents of 27 FPS of the constituency with the local MLA, L. Susindro had deposited the total amount of 5-month which is Rs. 25,32,825 to concern officials of CAF and PD, Imphal East. On the day officials have assured to distribute the rice on the next day itsel. The MLA had said if the officials failed to distribute the rice on the next day concern minister and department should be responsible for the consequences.

Basirudin said on July 12, rice for one month was brought to the FPS. The FPS agents deposited amount for 5-month as transport contractor and proprietor of M/S N.E enterprises, Hemanta had stated earlier in a press conference that he had reserved 5-month rice for the constituency without utilisation certificate, he added.

But CAF and PD minister, Karam Shyam told that utilization certificate is needed for each month before the distribution of rice and he appreciated transport contractor for keeping reserve of 5-month rice for the welfare of the people of Khurai.

He said people demand to distribute 5-month’s rice in one time but department only bring rice for one month on July 12 so FPS did not accept the rice till total pending rice is not distributed in one time.

Joint local bodies have resolved that if the rice is not distributed by Tuesday in one time indefinite general strike will be imposed across the state from 6 am of July 17, Basirudin  cautioned.

He appealed the civil bodies and other local bodies to support the general strike.

Demanding to distribute 5-month’s PDS rice in time and decrying against the allegation on local MLA, L. Susindro Khurai people have been agitating throughout day and night at each FPS centres of the constituency.

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