Citizens from hill districts in Imphal left out, not getting foodgrains: ZB (AMN)

ZB (AMN) further stated that the government should identify and prioritise those tenants who are facing immense hardships at these hard times, rather than emphasising on citizens whose names are found in the voter lists or possess different categorised cards.


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The Zeliangrong Baudi, Assam, Manipur and Nagaland ZB (AMN) and its frontal organisations on Tuesday stated that many citizens from the hills districts who are presently staying in Imphal in different localities have been left out and not getting any foodgrains or essential commodities in every distribution made in different localities since the beginning of COVID-19 pandemic cases.

ZB (AMN) in a release, drew attention of the chief minister and the minister of CAF and PD to ensure that every deserving citizens are not left or missed out under PMKKAY scheme in providing foodgrains or any benefits to be provided by the government at this crucial and hard times so that the scheme is implemented as per the intended objective

The criteria maintained in all the assembly constituencies, allowing eligible people to get foodgrains or essential commodities distributed by the government, are based on the condition of permanent residents of the localities with enrolment in the voter lists of the respective assembly constituency, holders of AAY Cards and NFSA Cards, ZB AMN stated.

But those citizens coming from the hills districts and staying in rented house as students in schools, colleges and universities for pursuing education through online mode classes, doing part time works, selling vegetables, engaging in different odd jobs and presently lives in Imphal as tenants in different localities are not enrolled in the voter lists neither possessed AAY Cards nor hold NFSA Cards, and hence, they are not entitled or qualified to get foodgrains or any commodities as distributed by the government, it stated.

The release further stated that the government should not target only those citizens whose names are found in the voter lists or considers those citizens who possessed AAY Cards and NFSA Cards as deserving citizens to get foodgrains or any essential commodities which are to be provided by the government.

An effective mechanism or specific policy should be formulated to make every citizen get equal opportunity and benefit, it stated. In fact, those citizens, who are staying as tenants, are the one who suffers the most at these crucial and hard times while struggling for clearance of their monthly house rent as well as trying to meet their daily requirements, it added.

ZB (AMN) further stated that the government should identify and prioritise those tenants who are facing immense hardships at these hard times, rather than emphasising on citizens whose names are found in the voter lists or possess different categorised cards. Those citizens who are staying as tenants in different localities whose names are not found in the voter lists or hold different categorized cards will continue to suffer unless the government steps in to address their grievances, it stated.

To enable those temporary residents to get the foodgrains or any essential commodities as provided by the government, it can collect their particulars including their Adhaar Cards and Voter Cards from their respective house owners or respective local clubs of different localities, it stated. After authentication and proper verification, their names can be included among the list of the respective locality beneficiaries at the time of distribution of essential commodities or foodgrains so that they are not left, it added. 

 

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First Published:July 21, 2021, 12:18 a.m.

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