KHAMMAM: Members of the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA), Khammam district unit, on Tuesday took out a rally from the municipal office to the Collectorate demanding steps to streamline the public distribution system.
Denouncing the failure of the government to control the spiralling prices of essential commodities, they staged a demonstration in front of the Collector’s office. A delegation of the AIDWA leaders allowed into the Collectorate complex to submit a memorandum to the district revenue officer.
Led by M. Jyothi and other members of the Mahila Sangham, the protesters raised slogans against the delay in issue of white ration cards. Genuine applicants have been frequenting to the Tahasildar offices for the past four years for the ration cards, but in vain in many cases. They said that rations shops had different schedules for supply of rice, sugar, dal and edible oils. The card-holders were fed up visiting the fair price shop five to six times a month.
They threatened to step up the agitation if the government failed to streamline the distribution of essential commodities. AIDWA leaders – M. Lakshmi and B. Sarala -- were among those who took part in the protest.