Staff Correspondent

BIJAPUR: Residents of different slums in the city on Friday protested against anomalies in distribution of rations cards and foodgrains.

The agitators, mostly women, who gathered under the banner of Vishwa Samajika Vedike at Barakaman took out a procession before holding demonstration in front of Deputy Commissioner’s office.

Speaking on the occasion, vedike leaders Peter Alexander, T.S. Pathan, Suresh Vijapur and Kavitha Hushare said most families belonging to the below poverty line (BPL) had been deprived of BPL rations cards due to faulty survey.

No regular supply

Those who had got temporary cards were not getting foodgrains regularly, and there were incidents of foodgrains meant for them being diverted to open market, they alleged.

They said the Supreme Court had ruled that each of the BPL families irrespective of members be given 28 kg foodgrains a month. Despite this, the Government had introduced unit system, in which a family would get ration based on number of members in it.

A quantity of 4 kg foodgrains would be given to each member in the new system. It was highly inadequate, they added

No lesser measure other than implementing the apex court order in letter and spirit was acceptable to them, they said.

They demanded that the fair price shops should work at least five days in a week. They handed over memorandum addressing President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to Headquarters Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner A.M. Khatib on the occasion.