Cong tells Govt to bear expenses of stranded natives

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 4th May: Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) has demanded the state government to finance the food and travel expenses of stranded natives who have arrived at Guwahati from other parts of the country and would soon be brought to the state, from the CM's Relief Fund.
Addressing a press conference at Congress Bhawan here Monday, MPCC vice president T Mangibabu said that many Manipuri people, who were left stranded in other states owing to the lockdown, have been facing immense difficulties in terms food and money. Although the state government had initiated plans to send them money, it is disheartening to learn that the natives were made to self-finance their return to the state amid such tough times. As such, he demanded the government to sponsor the food and travel expenses of the stranded natives with sanction from the CM's Relief Fund.
MPCC vice president Dr Kh Ratankumar, who also attended the press conference, said that the stranded natives are sure to face financial constraints while returning to the state.
"Presently, it is estimated that around 30,000 natives are stranded in other states. If possible, the state government should at least finance the food, lodging and travel expenses of the natives from Guwahati to Imphal, which is approximated to be around Rs 5-6 crore, using the CMRF, as have been done by Assam and other state governments for their respective people", he asserted.
Furthermore, as per the instructions of the Union Home Ministry, every citizen is to be provided with PMGKAY rice and other foods. Thus, Dr Ratankumar urged the state government to see to the successful implementation of the said instructions and to extend special assistance to daily wage earners, who have been severely affected by the prolonged lockdown.


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