IMPHAL, April 16: A public meeting organized by several political parties of the state was held at the office complex of Shiv Sena Manipur State at Sagolband Tera Yengkhom Leirak Machin today.
The meeting foccused on crimes against women and children, rape, violence against women, corruption and intoxicants and their consequences to the society happening in the state and was participated by representatives of Communist Party of India, Manipur Peoples’ Party, Manipur State Congress Party, Janata Dal (United), Communist Party of India (Manipur), All India Trinamool Congress, Shiv Sena Manipur State, Bahujan Samaj Party, Janata Dal (Secular) and Forward Bloc.
Speaking at the meeting, Kh Gyaneshor, Secretary of Forward Bloc said due to the high frequency of crime and violence in the state, the people have been facing mental trauma with no proper and timely conclusion being arrived at in such cases so far.
He also spoke about issues of education, daily wage, drug, employment in the state, crime against women and children, manipulation of PDS item etc and said that these are caused by failure in the governance, and said that social correction for the people and political correction is required.
There are no means other than building a strong movement. People, political parties and media are appealed to cooperate and support to bring about a peaceful, healthy, harmonious and progressive society, he continued.
During the occasion, Dr L Chandramani Singh, Advisor of MPP said there is no administration in the state and people do whatever they want. “The meeting is being organized to bring back the focus on administration and to unite and save Manipur. The issues that we see today have to be faced with unity and without the participation of people, we will be unable to build a movement,” he said.
Dr M Nara Singh, Secretary CPI said the meeting was being organized to discuss the various crimes prevailing in the state. The present era has turned into a stage where people are wandering here and there with no one to guide them. This has been caused by mistakes in handling the administration of the state, he said.
The government has forgotten its role to safeguard the law, people’s life and property. There is a need for changing the present system which is a form of neo-liberalism. There is a need for social democratic revolution, he added.
“It is shocking that the government hospitals would be privatized by converting them to Private Public Partnership (PPP) model. When asked about the matter, the Health Minister replied that the government has not been maintaining the hospitals properly and so it will be handed over to the private sector. If the government could not maintain the hospitals then why don’t he resign from his post as a Minister?”, he asked.
N Sobhakiran, President MPP; Iboyaima Luwang, Advisor Shiv Sena Manipur State; LM Haokip, Vice Persident JD (U); M Rabei, Advisor AITC; and Sarat Salam, State Secretary CPI (M) also spoke during the meeting.