AMSU observes Hunger Marchers’ Day

AMSU observes Hunger Marchers’ Day
Students taking out a rally during the 53rd Hunger Marchers Day in Imphal.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 27 | Publish Date: 8/27/2018 10:47:58 AM IST

The All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) Monday observed the 53rd anniversary of Hunger Marchers’ Day by carrying out a rally on the streets in Imphal.

AMSU has been commemorating the historic agitation launched by students against the artificial food scarcity in the state on this day in 1965 as Hunger Marchers’ Day.

At the main observation function held at the multi-purpose hall of DM College, Imphal, AMSU president Manjit Sarangthem alleged there is “hidden policy to create artificial food scarcity in the state till today.”

“This is nothing but to create a sense that Manipur cannot attain self-sufficiency and have to remain dependent on others,” he said.

He cited the current artificial fertilizers scarcity being faced by the farmers of the state.

While demanding the state government to enquire into the reasons behind non-availability of fertilizers and punish those involved in it, Sarangthem said, “Government should ensure availability of fertilizers to the farmers at the government fixed subsidized rate before August 30. Otherwise, AMSU will not remain silent.” 

He claimed that even though farmers were deprived of availing the fertilizers at the subsidized rate, the same was made available in open market at higher rates. “This is a government monopoly to make the farmers suffer and create food scarcity in the state,” he alleged.

If the present government was sincere enough to get rid of food scarcity in the state, the people in the governance should not delay in dragging out people behind this monopoly, he said.

Former presidents and leaders of the student body taking part in the commemoration function also expressed concern over the inability of Manipur to become a self sufficient state even after decades of Indian independence.

All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) which was founded as fallout of the 1965 incidents has been observing the day as “Hunger Marchers’ Day” every year to remember the sacrifice made by the three students, Nabakumar, Chaobhal and Pramodini Devi and a driver of the AIR, Imphal Nilamani.

Hundreds of students from various schools and colleges converged in Imphal’s Pishum Chinga and paid floral tributes. 

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