Nupi Lan observance at national level from next year: NFIW

IMPHAL, 10th Dec: National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW) general secretary Annie Raja has declared that the federation would start observing Nupi Lan at the national level from next year onwards.
Annie Raja is in Imphal to attend national executive meet of the federation to be held on December 12 and 13.
Addressing media persons at Irawat Bhawan Monday, Annie said that Nupi Lan is a historic movement launched by women of Manipur 75 years back for their rights and against export of rice. Manipuri women during the Nupi Lan days were not only courageous but also understood that they would suffer if their rights were not protected and this indeed is the underlying message of Nupi Lan observance, she said. The movement launched by Manipuri women against food scarcity 75 years back is still facing in India, she noted.
While stating that many people in UP, Jharkhand and other states are dying from starvation still and most of the victims are women and children, Annie Raja reminded that the federation decided to launch movement for National Food Security Act in view of such tragic incidents. The movement launched by Manipuri women during Nupi Lan indeed is an inspiration for women of other states to fight for their rights and hence the federation will begin campaign for Nupi Lan observance at the national level from next year onwards, she said, adding that NFIW national executive meet is being scheduled to held in Imphal to coincide with Nupi Lan observance. Around 45 members from 15 states would take part in the meet, she disclosed.
According to Annie Raja, the NFIW has been launching a movement for women’s rights and upgrade status of women in the society as every issue in the country gives tremendous impact to women and children.
Government launch several social benefit schemes like NFSA and pension scheme but these facilities are not provided if beneficiary fails to link with Aadhaar. Due to this reason, many poor families are not getting these social benefits still and government never thought of time and money consumed in getting Aadhaar card. For a poor woman, earning livelihood is more important than getting Aadhaar card, she said, and announced that a signature campaign against linking Aadhaar with social benefit schemes will be launched during NFIW meet and signatures will be submitted to chief justice of Supreme Court.
Increasing crimes against women, decreasing number of women at work sites and dishonour of women across the country indeed are testimony to denial of education opportunity to women. Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ slogan but even politicians are indulging in crimes against women and the PM never mentioned of women reservation during Parliament session during his almost five years rule, she pointed out, while adding that neighbouring country Pakistan has 22 percent reservation for women while Nepal and Bangladesh have 33 and 18 percent respectively. India boasts of being the largest democracy in the world but women representatives constitute only 12 percent in Parliament, she added.
Regarding women’s issues of Manipur, Annie Raja said the state has no policy for livelihood of women vendors of Khwairamband Keithel and no policy for giving employment to women.
Women of the state need to discuss these issues and launch a movement, she added. The press conference was also attended by NFIW Punja Istri Sabha president Kushal Baurah, NFIW general secretary Rajinder Pal Kaur and Manipur Nupi Marup president Sakhi Devi.

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