7 ministers skip cabinet meeting in Mnp

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 21 | Publish Date: 7/21/2019 11:34:44 AM IST

When seven cabinet ministers skipped a cabinet meeting convened by chief minister N Biren Singh on Saturday, the Manipur Democratic Alliance (MDA) was dissatisfied.

Ever since some section of the MLAs of BJP, the party leading the coalition government in Manipur revolt for leadership change in May last week skipped cabinet meetings,  almost half of the cabinet ministers have been skipping cabinet meetings.

Seven ministers were absent from attending yet another cabinet meeting convened by the chief minister on Saturday evening.

Except, deputy chief minister Y Joykumar, education minister Th Radheshyam, forest minister Th Shyamkumar and revenue minister Karam Shyam, no other cabinet ministers took part in the meeting.

Skipping the cabinet meeting by the seven cabinet ministers is not a responsible thing to do  considering  the current situation of the state, MDA convenor N Tombi Singh said.

As far as the agenda of the meeting –declaration of Manipur as drought hit state,  cabinet ministers should have been present as it was people’s agenda, he said.

He strongly condemned water resource minister and agriculture minister for staying away from the cabinet, stating that in such crucial juncture of the state, they should have been present in the meeting as responsible people’s representatives.

Addressing a news conference at Shiv Sena office in Imphal today, the convener said that now is not the time for power struggle. 

“It is the time to concentrate of people’s issue. People of the state, particularly farmers are facing immense problem of non-availability of water in their fields due to no rain,” he said. He added that if they continue to sideline people, it would create a wrong impression. 

The MDA convener said people of the state were at the threshold  of their woes when drought like situation hit the state due to non-arrival of the seasonal rain in the state.

Due to failure of crops in the previous years by floods, the price of the local rice has sky-rocketed and if drought hit again, then the situation would be worsened. 

He alleged the hiking of local rice in the market was due to failure of rice crop in the previous years.

He added that local rice per kg has reached Rs 50 in the market now and it will be hiked further if crop fails due to drought this year. There was possibility of hiking the price upto Rs 100 for a kg.

If the state government fails to deal seriously with the situation, the state may face scarcity of food next year, he warned 

Lauding the government’s decision regarding recommending Centre for declaring the state as drought hit, the MDA convenor said that at this juncture, the government, particularly the chief minister needed the co-operation of the ministers and MLAs.

He alleged that the prolonged leadership crisis in the BJP has made the people suffers  as government was unable to discharge its duties properly.

He then turned towards the BJP and asked its leadership to resolve the crisis at the earliest before people raise their voice against the government.

He added that making the people suffer because of crisis in the party in power was not the sign of good governance.

At the same time, the MDA convener lauded the cabinet decision regarding declaration of Manipur as a drought hit state and availing loans from New Development Bank for taking up developmental works in the state.


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