CPI and CPI(M) activists stage dharnas in front of the Rice Millers Association hall

The Food Advisory Committee (FAC) committee meeting turned out to be a damp squib with no higher ups turning up at the meeting.

The Left parties protested the manner in which the meeting was convened here on Thursday. MLC Boddu Nageswara Rao staged a walk out as Joint Collector was also not present at the meeting. The police tried to thwart the attempts of Left leaders to protest in the meeting hall.

CPI(M) city secretary Ch. Babu Rao pointed out that the police has no role in a meeting which was being organised officially. The meeting convener has not asked the police to take away the opposition leaders. Still, they entered the meeting hall and created a ruckus, he said. Later, the CPI and CPI(M) activists staged dharnas separately in front of the Rice Millers Association hall where the meeting was convened.

The CPI(M) workers staged protest by cooking food using fire wood, while the CPI workers staged dharna. The police had a tough time in evicting the Left activists. A CPI worker sneaked under the van in which the Left leaders were being taken to police station. The police struggled hard to pull him out.

Earlier, the opposition leaders demanded the government to scarp the cash transfer scheme. The government should postpone the implementation in view of practical problems. Not less than 50 per cent people did not get their Aadhaar cards. 10 to 15 percent people who applied for the Aadhaar card a year ago also not received their cards, they said.

The gas agencies and fair shops were insisting the consumers to produce the Aadhaar cards. The benefits of cash transfer scheme would not be extended unless bank account and Aadhaar cards were produced.

The people were worried about the Aadhaar cards and opening of bank accounts. Some of the banks ran out of applications, while some were not interested in opening zero balance accounts, they pointed out. Vijayawada (Central) MLA Malladi Vishnu, TDP Urban president K. Nagul Meera, CPI city secretary Donepudi Sankar, DSO Sandhya Rani and others were present.

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