Imphal, May 06 2022: Federation of Haomee (FoH) has demanded the state government to declare poppy cultivators as outlaws instead of providing alternative livelihood to them.
In a release, FoH youth wing general secretary K Johnson said that it is illogical on the part of the state government to press the central government for providing livelihood for poppy cultivators.
“If the cultivators who plant poppy for manufacturing heroin and opium are given means of livelihood by the law of the land, will the state government provide livelihood to those indulging in drug business?”, Johnson questioned.
Stating that condoning poppy plantation will increase poppy cultivators, he pointed out that the increasing number of poppy cultivators is due to the government’s failure to take punitive actions against the poppy cultivators.
He enquired whether the government is trying to make another golden triangle indirectly by providing livelihood instead of arresting the poppy cultivators.
Rather that provide livelihood to them, the government should pave ways for creating jobs for the educated unemployed youth of the state, Johnson added.