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Manipur Government to Transport Essential Commodities to Churachandpur

Last Updated on August 28, 2023 by SPN Editor

Imphal/August 18, 2023 (SPN) | Commencing from August 28, the Manipur government intends to transport essential commodities from Imphal to Churachandpur. This operation will be carried out in collaboration with the Army, Central Armed Police Force (CAPF), and Assam Rifles. Despite these efforts, there are several hurdles that need to be addressed during the transportation process.

One significant challenge is the reluctance of transport operators to engage in the transportation between Imphal and Churachandpur. Additionally, there are law and order issues arising at inter-district boundaries, which further complicate the seamless movement of goods.

Efforts are being directed towards overcoming these challenges and ensuring the smooth transportation of essential commodities to the Churachandpur district.

To address the disrupted supply chain and transportation of essential commodities to the Churachandpur district, an alternative route through Silchar (Assam) and Aizawl (Mizoram) has been established.

The usual supply chain from Imphal-Dimapur has been severed. A plan has also been initiated, in coordination with the Army, CAPF, and Assam Rifles, to transport essential commodities from Imphal to Churachandpur.

Numerous challenges have arisen during transportation, including transporters’ reluctance to operate between Imphal and Churachandpur, along with security issues such as inter-district boundary uncertainties affecting law and order and disrupting the smooth movement of vital goods.

Efforts are being made to address security concerns along national highways, with the state police, Assam Rifles, CAPF, and District Trade and Commerce working collaboratively and involving the general public.

In order to ensure the unhindered flow to transport essential commodities, regular review meetings at the district level have been conducted to assess pricing and availability situations. Retail sale of rice has been undertaken using stocks held by FCI, including the distribution of 4823.50 quintals of rice through the Open Market Sales Scheme.

Price Reporting Centres have been established by the SDOs in conjunction with ADC staff to monitor both retail and wholesale prices. Rigorous actions are taken against hoarders and black marketers who manipulate market prices, with a focus on preventing hoarding practices.

The government has undertaken various measures to ensure the availability of medical supplies to the district. The Health Department has conducted multiple transportation sorties through entities like BSF, Assam Rifles, Manipur Police, and helicopters.

A vigilant eye is kept on the prices of 22 essential commodities, including staples such as Rice, Wheat, Atta, Gram Dal, Tur (Arhar) Dal, Urad Dal, Moong Dal, Masur Dal, Sugar, Gur, Groundnut Oil, Mustard Oil, Vanaspati, Sunflower Oil, Soya Oil, Palm Oil, Tea, Milk, Potato, Onion, Tomato and Salt.

The district-level Price Monitoring Committee, supervised by the Deputy Magistrate of Churachandpur, is tasked with monitoring and reporting price fluctuations. This comprehensive approach aims to mitigate the challenges and ensure the continued supply of essential goods to the Churachandpur district.