IMPHAL, Sept 1: The 119th Birth Anniversary of Jananeta Hijam Irawat Singh and `Kisan Demand Day`™ were observed by Manipur Loumi Lup today at Keishampat Lairembi Community Hall, Imphal West.
Speaking at the function, Dr Moirangthem Nara Singh, secretary of CPI called upon the people of the State to follow the footsteps of Hijam Irawat who launched various movements for the welfare of the oppressed section and worked tirelessly for the betterment of the society.
He continued that Hijam Irawat not only worked for the poor but also contributed his part towards the unity and harmony amongst the people of different ethnic communities in the State.
Dr Nara also mentioned that Irawat dedicated his entire life for the oppressed and equality for all sections of the people.
Moreover, Irawat also contributed in the fields of sports, arts and culture, women empowerment and politics, he added.
He also said that the people of the State should fondly remember Irabot as a freedom fighter, politician and social activist.
The function was also attended by former Minister, Ningthoujam Mangi Singh, who is also the president of Manipur Loumi Lup; L Sotinkumar, secretary of Irawat Celebration Committee, Manipur; L Iboyaima, state secretariat member, CPI, Manipur; L Thoiren; A Lalla; Surchand; Shakhi Dur and S Nillakanta, working president of Manipur Loumi Lup.
A 15-point charter of demands were also adopted and read out during the meeting.
The demands of the Loume Lup state that Indo-NSCN (IM) peace accord should not affect the territory of Manipur; implement ILPS in the State; appropriate compensation for flood affected people; implement Land Execution Act- 2013 instead of 2015 Ordinance; pension for people (60 years old and above); proper distribution of PDS items; curb corruption; zero interest farmers loan; daily wages of Rs 300 for MGNREGA workers; policy for total literacy; stop oppress against minority and women; waive off loan from farmers and special economic packages for flood affected people.