CSOs extend assistance to stranded students

IMPHAL, 19th Apr: United Committee Manipur (UCM) COVID-19 Task Force distributed relief materials to students staying at Nightingale Hostel, Tangkhul Avenue on Sunday while AMUCO and AMSU as well as other organisations provided edibles at different parts of the state.
In a release, UCM IPR secretary BM Yaima Shah informed that they distributed edible items to the 300 students from the hills and staying at rents in and around Chingmeirong area while president Sunil Karam pointed out that the distribution of relief materials is to help those students and workers who have not received aid from the government and are stranded in their rented accommodations due to the lockdown.
He stressed that the people should fight COVID-19 pandemic collectively irrespective of political parties or organisations.
UCM has also distributed edible items to the players of CRYSPA Women Football Campus.
Meanwhile, All Manipur United Clubs’ Organisation (AMUCO) started providing food items to stranded students or families staying on rent. In a statement, AMUCO informed that it has already collected data of such individuals and families living on rent in Imphal and different parts of the state. Though it might not be possible for AMUCO to reach out to each and every individual, it will put its best efforts to help those needing special arrangements, it stated while urging all to provide equal share to such persons while distributing relief items.
On the other hand, All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) provided relief materials to people of Maphou Kuki village and Siloijang village in Kangpokpi district on Sunday. A statement of AMSU informed that the villagers got only 2 kg of rice per person during the distribution of NFSA rice. Due to the remote location, the villagers are facing hardships in acquiring essential commodities, it stated while drawing attention of the government to ensure full share of the allocated commodities to all. The union also appealed to all to extend helping hands to one another in such testing times.
Regarding the e-classes being taken up by authorities of educational institutions including Manipur University and education (S) department, the union said that some students in the village are concerned that they cannot get access to such online classes due to limited availability of mobile networks, and urged the government to take up an alternative for the students in far flung areas of the state. Meanwhile, Yengkhom Ojit has distributed rice (Thoibi Phou) lifted from his own granary to 152 families of Kakching Mayai Leikai Ward No. 9.
All Manipur Nupi Manbi Association has distributed edible items to transgender community of the land at the residence of its secretary Santa. The distribution was done under the initiative of National Council Churches of India. Lions Club of Imphal City also distributed edible items to people of Uran Chiru, Lamlai AC on April 18.

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