Imphal: Hawkers and journalist are the warrior of media and any print media will not be able to give news to the public without the support from hawkers, MLA Sapam Nishikant said on 41st Hawkers’ Day observation held at Manipur Press Club, here on Thursday.
Nishikant said with the dedication and sincerity of hawkers many newspaper subscribers are able to read the news that has been happening in and around our state. He said it is reasonable to increase the newspaper subscription rate with the increase on rate of printing materials.
To promote media, hawkers are also taking a vital role and cooperation is necessary between media firms and hawkers. He assured that he will extend necessary assistant for the welfare of the hawkers.
As a part of the function floral tributes were paid on the photographs of the departed souls of hawkers.
One book titled as “Sinpham Duda” written by Samom Raghumani who is one of the member of Manipur Hawkers’ Association were distributed. CMHT cards were also distributed to the beneficiaries of the association.
General secretary, Manipur Hawkers’ Association, Laikhuram Surjit said the day has been observing in honour of the departed souls of the association.
He appreciated chief minister N. Biren Singh for providing CMHT cards to the members of the association after considering the dedication and contribution of a hawker to the society. Till date around 20 CMHT cards have been benefitted and the association is trying to provide more cards to the members, he added.
He said Chief Minister has earlier assured to launch pension scheme and insurance police for the hawkers. Till date the assurance has not been converted into action.
Surjit appealed to the government to allocate a space to construct an office building for the association.