Former Union Minister and current MLA from Pasighat West Ninong Ering has urged the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to protect the interests of North Eastern students residing in the national Capital, Delhi. The students who’re stranded in Delhi are facing harassment, if they are unable to pay the rent and also for those who’re facing racial discrimination amidst this Covid19 Crisis.
One of the pioneer voice of Northeast Ninong Ering expressed his concern in a series of tweets where he said “I think Delhi government has already asked the landlords not to demand rent for at least one month. According to the order, if the landlord will force any student to vacate the place, he or she will be liable for action according to the ‘Disaster Management Act, 2005’. However, Inspite of this many of the students are facing harassment if they are not able to pay the rent. Many students are stranded in Delhi in tough situation. Will request Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal Ji to kindly help Northeast’s students from such landlords.”
He even wrote a letter for an immediate action to the Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, to bring to his kind attention the hardships through which the Northeast’s Students are going in Delhi and requested him to look into this matter of concern as soon as possible. “One of the students told me that many students of Delhi University, who are originally from the North-eastern states of India, are facing financial hardships during this lockdown. Many students have lost their part time job and can no longer afford even basic living costs. Many students are stranded in Delhi in a very tough situation said the pioneer of north east,” he mentioned in the letter to the Delhi’s Chief Minister.
“Unfortunately, over a thousand of students from Northeast are stranded there and are unable to leave Delhi since we’re in a lockdown. Our Government is also working on the evacuation program so as to rescue those stranded in various parts of the Country and our CMO has already released the nodal authorities list and the students can reach to them for assistance,” Mr Ering said.
Elaborating his concerns, the former union minister sought Delhi’s Chief Minister for help and urged him to take proper steps to implement rent waiver and keep the children safe in Delhi. He also requested the Chief Minister to kindly save Northeast’s students from those landlords who’re harassing them, if they are unable to pay the rent as soon as possible.
“Each and every one of us must co-operate with each other during Covid19 crisis. It’s tough time and we are in this together!” he added.
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It has been found that Chong Hoi Misao, a 20-year-old girl hailing from Manipur was brutally attacked by some locals from Faizapur, Gurugram in Haryana just for passing through the locality on Sunday afternoon. “She was there to meet up with a friend and have lunch there,” said Joel, a close friend of the victim.
In a recent tweet, the former union minister while expressing his concern said “Another incident of attack on North East girl in Gurugram amidst CovidCrisis, this is getting really shameful. When will our people feel safe and secure in their own nation?”
“Time for collective condemnation of such acts and rethinking at societal level,” he added.