Prices Shoot Out of Reach for Manipur

Prices of commodities continue to rise in Manipur even after the economic blockade is lifted, students worst hit. The population of Manipur continues to suffer the after effects of the economic blockade as prices of commodities continue to rise. Following the lift on the economic blockade, the government solicited the stabilization of prices however, shopkeepers continue to sell commodities at exorbitant prices. Although the entire population has suffered the price hike, students are the worst hit. “I’m facing a problem because the price of tomatoes and all that, that used to cost Rs 30-40/kg, now cost Rs 100. It’s even hard to find rice nowadays,” says a student.  Community Correspondent Kamei Mercy  added that the prices of LPG cylinders had gone up from Rs700-800 to Rs 1500. When the students in Manipur took to the streets to protests against this continued price hike, they were arrested by the police and released the same day. “The students should be in classrooms, not out on the streets protesting.  It is not enough for the government to merely command the shopkeepers to stabilize prices. They must see to it that it is being implemented,” adds an infuriated Kamei Mercy.
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