Imphal 24 May 2020 :Manipur’s leading insurgent group Revolutionary Peoples’ Front (RPF) has questioned the rationale behind the prolonged lockdown to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in Manipur in view of the ‘huge livelihood problems caused to the poor, specially the daily wage earners.”
A statement by Roben Khuman , Secretary Publicity of the RPF said that the COVID-19 which originated from Wuhan of China had spread to over 200 countries across the world.
“Considering the lockdown as the only means to contain the COVID-19 pandemic was not working , as no medicine has been invented so far. However, as the Lockdown has entered four stages already and it is time to ponder on how long it will continue,” the RPF said.
The statement further said that in countries like South Korea, Japan, Spain, Singapore Cuba and Cambodia , proper health policy has been framed and relaxed the lockdown.
Even in India too, certain areas mark as Red Zone has relaxed various sectors after the Lockdown 4 even as aviation, metro, mall, school, college, university and logistic has remain lockdown. Even the World health Organisation (WHO) has stated that we have to live with the virus.
“The ongoing lockdown has created extreme suffering to the workers. Had the government of Manipur taken up appropriate measures when it was green zone, some suffering could have been relieved. Lack of proper screening and proper quarantine center at Mao and Jiribam has created apprehension to the people,” the statement said. Continuation of the lockdown without maintaining proper quarantine centers and conducting test is not a appropriate policy, the statement added.
The RPF said that following the lockdown for long will tarnish the work culture among the people of the state. It added that the COVID -19 pandemic should be taken as an opportunity to improve the economy of the state.