Nara laments government polices says they encourage poverty

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IMPHAL, March 3: The Manipur State Council/Communist Party of India concluded its month long campaign against price hike, unemployment, privatization of Electricity department, corruption and other issues today with a public meeting at Irabot Memorial hall, Challou, Lamlai.

Speaking at the meeting, Dr M Nara, State secretary lamented the policies of the Indian government and said the polices instead of abolishing poverty encourages poverty.

He cited that the recent nation-wide general strike organized by 11 trade unions and supported by the people shows the dissatisfaction of the people against the policies of the government in the country.

The state unit secretary of the party a one-time ally of the Congress Party in the state said the party has also been against the attempt of certain sections of the society of both the hills and the valley to create communal disharmony in the state.

Continuing to criticize the government it said the “First Past the Post-election system has become impracticable in today’s world and as such 89 countries have already changed over to “Proportional Electoral System” and there are only 60 countries which are still following the outdated system.

Several political parties of the country including the Congress party which is in power also wanted to change to the “Proportional Electoral” and will do so soon, he said.

Iboyaima, Secretariat member appealed to all to unite together and safeguard the indigenous people of the state and further emphasized on the need of implementation of the Inner Line Permit in the state.

He continued that the arrival of non-locals into the state in search of jobs has only increased the problem of unemployment in the state.

N Mangi, secretariat member said the party will continue to agitate against the price hike and other issues until the government listens to the people’s desire.

The campaign had earlier started on February 1.

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