Staff Reporter

Party workers to tour all the wards and identify the issues

35 kg of rice and 16 commodities on white ration cards demanded

Reduction of charge for tap connections sought

Rajahmundry: Bhadrachalam MP M. Babu Rao on Thursday launched Communist Party of India’s (Marxist) `Janam bata, Poru yatra’ to highlight the problems of common man in Rajahmundry urban area. The yatra will end on August 7.

Flagging off the yatra, the MP said CPI(M) workers would tour all 50 wards of the city and identify the issues. The party had taken up agitation many times on land issue and submitted memorandum to Sub-Collector, he said.

He recalled that poor people under CPI(M) banner had put up flags in R and B workshop site and on the land behind Ramakrishna Theatre.

At that time, the Government had promised to issue house sites to all the poor but failed to keep its promise.

He alleged that people who were not eligible got Indiramma houses in Satellite City and mainly Congress workers benefited through this scheme.

The CPI(M) leaders who spoke at the meeting before the rally demanded 35 kg of rice and 16 commodities on each white ration card on a par with Kerala and West Bengal.

Speaking on the amenities in the corporation, the CPI(M) said municipal authorities were collecting Rs.1200 from poor people for water connection and also trying to fix water meters, which was against the council resolution. The party said only minimum amount should be collected for new connections. The CPI(M) leaders were critical of the drainage system which was inundating low-lying areas during the rainy season. CPI(M) leaders Arun, D. Subba Rao and others participated in the rally.