The Tumkur district committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxists) has in a press release said that the Union government is expediting economic reforms resulting in development without employment.

The CPI(M) said that the public distribution system, the above poverty line and the below poverty line schemes are being diluted in the name of unit-wise distribution and now, the public distribution system is going to be shut down in the wake of the Direct Cash Transfer Scheme.

Skyrocketing prices of essential commodities have led to increased cases of anaemia, malnutrition in women and children and have also contributed to deaths due to hunger, it said. On the other hand, foodgrains are rotting in the godowns, it added.

The CPI(M) will, through a signature campaign to be launched in the district, demand that the Union government come out with a food security Bill providing adequate food to all.

The party’s district committee will collect one lakh signatures demanding 35 kg of foodgrains at Rs. 2 a kg per family. The press release, issued on Wednesday, has been signed by district secretary of the CPI(M) Syed Mujeeb and Tumkur city secretary N.K. Subramanya.

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