With the rise in the prices of essential commodities, such as rice, cooking oil, vegetables, fruits, etc., in Nagaland, the economically weaker section of society comprising 65-70% is being thrown into the lion's den. The elites seem to have raised not an iota of concern regarding this indelible issue.
After the statewide Nagaland, every family feeding themselves with their regular income as labourers, barbers, vegetable vendors, fishmongers, butchers, etc., have all lost their identity as a working man/woman. Even those families belonging to the middle-class section of the society have now discontinued their works as salesman, private industry workers, bakers, taxi drivers, etc.
Because of the everlasting risks of being exposed to the virus and succumbing to it, most people doing menial works have stopped working. In other cases, their workplaces were compelled to shut down in compliance with the government orders and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's).
The streets of Nagaland are entirely vacant, leading to the roads cornered by closed shutters. Only pharmacies, a few essential shops, etc., are allowed to operate at some given specific time by the district administrators.
And with the widespread access to the internet, many entrepreneurs and private companies are tripling their income through online delivery systems cleaning out the vegetable vendor, butcher, salesman, baker, etc. Everything in Nagaland can now be accessed and procured easily without the risk of stepping out from one's home through online delivery services.
Now that the identity of a working man/woman is getting erased, they have no one to lean on. There are not enough NGOs to provide essential commodities to every family, numbering more than 5,00,000.
After the statewide Nagaland, every family feeding themselves with their regular income as labourers, barbers, vegetable vendors, fishmonger, butchers etc., have all lost their identity as a working man/woman.
Regardless of the people living in towns, those living in rural areas are also suffering adversely. Most of their farm/field grown rice, potatoes, green vegetables, etc., are rotting since there is no cheap transportation available to carry their goods to and fro.
Even if they are blessed abundantly with rice, they need different types of calories, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, etc., to boost their immune system and quench their thirst for various food types. It is not just the need for different types of food, but the requirement for money that they have been able to receive through selling their fresh produces. But now that the grim reality of lockdown is affecting everyone.
Most families living in rural areas are affected financially, mentally, and physically. They are not getting the proper medical care they need. Concerning this, a recent report issued by the political opposition party of Nagaland warned that if the ruling government would remain daft and turn a blind eye to the plight and sufferings of the people, a "Starvation War" will pillage Nagaland not just internally but externally as well.
A woman who was widowed just a week ago after her husband succumbed to internal organs failure lamented while saying, "The government doesn't need to support us as long as we are given the liberty to earn on our own. However, since the strict implementation of lockdown and movement restrictions, many people are out of work. And taking advantage of this situation, many shops are selling their products at an exponential rate. A few organizations have requested the concerned authorities to take stock of the situation, while the administration with the law in their hands are just witnessing as every day turns into an apocalyptic chapter."
While it is true that the rapid rise in prices for essential commodities such as rice, cooking oil, etc., are increasing every day, no government authorities are addressing nor keeping a check on these issues. If this behaviour of highhandedness continues, many families from the financially weaker sections of the society are bound to not merely suffer, but starve causing unwanted scenarios to pop up.