Government accused of putting common man to hardship
Activists of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) frontal organisations observed a day-long fast here on Thursday in protest against the cap on the supply of subsidised cooking gas cylinders. They staged a novel demonstration in front of Prakasam Bhavan with empty LPG cylinders and cooked with firewood.
All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) State joint secretary K. Subbaravamma said women would have to resort to old ways of cooking in the wake of the hefty hike in the price of cooking gas.
“We are already put to severe hardship in view of skyrocketing prices of all essential commodities. The Union and State governments seem to be unconcerned about the plight of women,” she said.
Andhra Pradesh United Teachers’ Federation district general secretary K. Srinivasa Rao alleged that the Centre was keen on extending huge concessions to big corporates leaving the common people in the lurch.
Both the Union and State governments were indifferent to the plight of students from SC,ST, BC communities who would get distanced from education if no corrective steps were taken, he said.
Meagre mess charges
Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) district secretary Bala Kotaiah said social welfare hostels could not afford to buy cooking gas at the market rate, given the paltry mess charges provided to the students by the State government. Each of the anganwadi centres had a mere allocation of Rs. 1,800 for fuel per year, explained CITU-led Sramika Mahila district convenor Ch. Ramadevi.
The mid-day meal centres, which had helped bring children from lower strata to schools, would have to be closed down if subsidy on cooking gas was not restored to them, she added.
Restriction of subsidised LPG cylinders to six would cause an additional burden of Rs. 70,000 for each of the social welfare hostel with a strength of 100 students for a month, said Students’ Federation of India district secretary B. Raghuram.