IMPHAL, April 15 - After Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced extension of the nationwide lockdown till May 3 next, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has urged the people of his State to support the decision in order to win the war against COVID-19.
In a video message on Tuesday itself, Biren Singh affirmed that the Manipur Government fully endorses the decision of the Union Government to extend the lockdown.
Stating that the State Government is closely monitoring the situation, the Chief Minister urged the people to support the decisions taken by the Government from time to time.
Biren Singh appealed to the people of Manipur who are stuck outside the State not to panic, as the State Government has already deputed senior IAS officers to address the problems being faced by them in various States of the country.
Mentioning that the Government is closely working with CSOs, student organisations and individuals to help students who are stuck in different States, the Chief Minister stated that around 17,900 students have been registered through www.tengbang.in, and an amount of Rs 2,000 each has been credited to bank accounts of around 2,700 students till date.
Biren Singh urged the people of the State to respect drivers and handymen who are risking their lives in ferrying essential items into the State.
Meanwhile, the Secretariat of the Manipur State Committee of the CPI(M) has urged the Central Government and the Manipur Government to immediately address grievances of poor families and undertake universal distribution of free foodgrains to all needy people. It should be ensured that no starvation deaths occur in the State, Manipur CPI(M) secretary Kshetrimayum Santa said.
As this is the harvesting season, the Government must ensure compulsory procurement on the declared support price, he said. All those registered under the MGNREGA must be paid their wages irrespective of work, he added.