Imphal: Following reports of price hike of various essential commodities amid fears of an impending fallout of the ongoing Naga peace talks, the Manipur government has issued orders to various departments to tackle any eventuality.
On Thursday, the deputy commissioner (DC) of Churachandpur district, Pawan Yadav, issued orders under Section 3 of the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 for ensuring equitable distribution and fair prices of essential commodities for a period of 10 days.
Preventive measures need to be in place in light of preliminary reports that have been received from various DLOs and consumer organisations about the rise of prices for essential commodities like rice, edible oil, food stuff and fuels, etc, the order issued by the DC said.
Moreover, due to the possible “disruptions” arising out of the ongoing Naga peace talks between the Centre and National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM), the DC also instructed the police department to ensure sufficient security and police assistance to those functionaries who are exercising the mandate, the order further said.
Similarly, all petroleum products and fuel outlets have also been asked to maintain sufficient buffer stock and ensure to entertain consumers as per their vehicle fuel tank requirements. They shall not shell out fuel in barrel or container transports during this period of time, the order added.
Meanwhile, Ukhrul district magistrate Joseph Pauline Kamson on Friday too issued a similar order instructing suppliers to maintain the prices of essential commodities for a period of 15 days.
No price enhancements of any commodities will be allowed in the name of scarcity, the order signed by the DC said.
At the same time, all the district-level officers have been asked not to leave from their respective stations without prior permission from the district deputy commissioner.
On the other hand, in view of a fallout arising out of the Naga peace talks, the medical superintendent of the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) Hospital in state capital Imphal has instructed all the medical staff, including doctors, nurses, attendants and other residents to be available in times of any emergency.
The duty doctors of ‘1st on call’ and ‘2nd on call’ are to rush to the casualty ward, whichever is applicable, in the event of ‘disaster’, a circular signed by medical superintendent Prof Ch Arunkumar Singh said.