Aim is to create awareness on universal PDS

Ganjam district unit of the CPI (M) would start a 19-day long ‘padyatra’ in Berhampur subdivision of the district from Sunday.

This ‘padayatra’ is aimed at creating public awareness in support of Universal Public Distribution System (UPDS). This long march would also be against cash transfer scheme of Central government in lieu of subsidies, proposed food security bill and wrong agricultural policies.

This ‘padayatra’ would start from Bhramarpur village near Digapahandi on Sunday. Around 50 CPI (M) activists led by senior activist Kailash Sadangi and State secretariat member of the party Ali Kishore Patnaik would take part in this ‘padayatra’.

A cultural troupe would also accompany the ‘padyatra’ team. This troupe would perform song and dances to make rural folk know about the issues of the ‘padyatra’. This troupe would also include a street theatre group who would perform a play written by Mr. Patnaik, which has been directed by veteran theatre activist N.N.Mohapatra.

After traversing around 300 kilometres by foot, they would culminate their ‘padayatra’ in Berhampur on January 24. A large rally would mark the culmination of this ‘padayatra’. This rally would be attended by Member of Parliament (MP) and Polit Bureau member of the CPI(M), Sitaram Yechury, State secretary of the party Janardan Pati. After this ‘padayatra’ a second ‘padyatra’ would be taken up in Chatrapur subdivision of Ganjam district in the next phase.

Speaking to newsmen regarding this ‘padayatra’ on Friday, Mr. Patnaik said it was high time for the common mass to understand how people in power were playing with the life and livelihood of commoners.

It may be noted that the party continues to demand abolition of Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Above Poverty Line List (APL) list and introduce UPDS in its place. If the government wanted to really bring in food security for the common mass in the country then it should make arrangements to provide 35 kilogram of food grain to every family at Rs. 2-a-kg, he said. The CPI (M) leaders also urged Odisha government to protest against the cash transfer scheme of Central government and advocate need for UPDS. “Recent policy of government would increase food insecurity rather than increasing food security”, Mr. Patnaik and Mr. Sadangi said.

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