Staff Reporter

Government charged with adopting World Bank policies

`Government bagged votes by issuing ration cards on the eve of civic polls'Fixing of water meters in households comes in for criticism Collector assures Left leaders that injustice will not be done to the poor

KADAPA: The CPI and CPI(M) staged a dharna before the Collectorate on Thursday decrying scrapping of about 30,000 ration cards.

The protesters earlier took out a rally from the Old Municipal Office to the Collectorate.

Addressing the protestors, CPI assistant secretary P. Krishnamurthy alleged that the Government bagged votes by issuing ration cards on eve of municipal elections, but was scrapping them on the pretext of bogus cards.

People went round offices for several days and secured ration cards and it was unjust to cancel them now, he said.

The cards were being cancelled as part of reduction in subsidies on the World Bank's directions, Mr. Krishnamurthy alleged.

He charged the State Government with adopting the World Bank policies, like its predecessor - the TDP.

CPI(M) district secretary B. Narayana alleged that about 50,000 ration cards were scrapped in the district, including 29,158 in Kadapa town.

Before the elections, the Congress claimed that it would extend Indiramma rule and will provide housing and ration cards to the poor but it is ignoring its promises after coming to power, he alleged. The poor were languishing for want of house sites, he alleged and resented fixing of water meters in households. CPI town secretary G. Chandra and CPI(M) town secretary K. Anjaneyulu flayed stoppage of ration to several card-holders alleging that the Iris scanning was not done. Some poor families were issued pink ration cards, when they questioned cancellation of cards, they alleged.

CPI leader W. Ramu and CPI(M) leader N. Ravisankar Reddy also spoke.

Collector G. Asok Kumar assured the leaders to verify ration cards and ensure that injustice would not be done to the poor. He told them that the poor would be supplied rations till the verification process is over. Andhra Pradesh Mahila Samakhya leader C. Bashirunnisa, AISF leaders Narasimhulu, Mallikarjuna and Madduleti, AIYF leader P. Subbarayudu, CPI(M) leaders D. C. Venkataiah, C. Babu and Sekhar also took part.