VIJAYAWADA: The revenue and civil supplies officials have decided to open two more centres in the city, in addition to the present four, to issue and receive applications for new ration cards.
The new centres at Chennupati Ramakotaiah indoor stadium at Patamata and KBN College in One Town will begin functioning from Saturday with three counters and two counters, respectively.
Sub-Collector Gaurav Uppal, at a press conference, advised people not to visit these centres for change of ration card from pink to white or for rectification of errors, as these centres were meant only for issuing and collecting application forms for those who had not taken a card before.
The counters would be kept open till April 8, but they would be closed on Sunday and Monday.
On Friday too, a large number of people thronged the four centres and waited for longer hours to take an application form.
Some of them had to apply for half-a-day leave to complete the work. For petty vendors and daily labourers, it was loss of a day’s work and pay as well.
The eight counters at a centre opened near RTC workshop at Vidyadharapuram and the five counters at Makineni Basava Punnaiah Stadium at Ajit Singh Nagar witnessed huge rush on the first three days.
People were forced to wait in long queues for getting an application form and to submit the filled-in form as well.
“The officials seem to be unaware of the problems of the poor people. What will they eat, if they spend whole day at the counter?” asked R. Raghu, city unit secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
He also found fault with the officials for printing the forms in English, due to which many labourers were unable to fill it without mistakes. “The forms are being returned, even if there is a small mistake,” he alleged.