Hill people not receiving entitled share: FOH
IMPHAL, 5th Apr: Federation of Haomee (FOH) has categorically stated that the people in the hills are not receiving their entitled share of the essential food items being distributed by the state government in view of the hardships faced by the people due to the lockdown over COVID-19 since March 24.
In a statement, Federation president Sapamcha Jadumani said that the people in both the hills and the valley are suffering equally due to the lockdown and as such, the state government should distribute food items for free to all people equally. However, many discrepancies have been observed in the distribution process, particularly with regard to the delivery of the share of the hill people. Many households in hills are getting rice less than 1kg per head.
Saikul AC alone has 28 Tangkhul villages with 1562 households. However, only 248 bags (50 kg per bag) of rice have been allotted. As such, only 1.5 kg of rice per head is being distributed at Thayong village, while 6kg of rice per head at Purum Khullen, Purum Likli, Ngakha Pat and Lairok Kom villages. In all 80 bags of rice have been allotted to 399 households of Thoyee village in Phungyar AC, while 59 bags for 200 households in Riha Village, wherein the distribution would equate to less than 1 kg of rice per head in both villages.
Meanwhile, 74 bags have been distributed for New Canaan village in Ukhrul AC, which has 401 households. Litan Sareikhong (bazar), which is the convergence point of three districts, has 71 households with a population of 374. However, the area is yet to receive any rice. Although 13 kg of rice has been distributed to every household in Tadubi AC, Chawangkining village has not received any rice till date.
Furthermore, New Eden, Katomei Village of Senapati district and Chowainu, Pudunamei and Punanamei villages of Mao are yet to receive any of the rice given by the state government. While 2kg of rice per head is being distributed in Tamenglong and Chandel districts, 3kg of rice is being distributed for Tengnoupal district. However, for households with 6-7 members, the rice given is less than 1 kg per head.
As such, the Federation appealed to the CM and the state government to look into the matter at the earliest, taking into account the seriousness of the situation, thereby ensuring that the hill people receive their entitled share.