Row over deletion of card-holders’ names

Staff Reporter

Grama Sabha organised at Ajit Singh Nagar

VIJAYAWADA: A ‘Grama Sabha’ organised in the Shadikhana at Ajit Singh Nagar on Monday for identifying genuine beneficiaries of ration cards virtually turned into an arena for confrontation and disputes as a large number of people, especially women, questioned the veracity of the inquiry conducted by the officials to weed out bogus cards.

The local people gathered in good numbers for the Grama Sabha, which was announced well in advance, and insisted that the officials spell out the reasons for deleting their white ration cards. The people alleged that the officials deleted the names citing “ridiculous” reasons such as that a two-wheeler was parked in front of their house. The officials tried to convince them saying they should file their objections, if any, on January 29. But the people did not heed the officials’ suggestions and demanded that the reasons for weeding out their cards be spelt out.

At a point of time, Assistant Supplies Officer Krishna Rao lost his patience and left the venue. But the people forced him to return to the venue and disclose the details of the inquiry conducted by the officials.

They maintained that they would not let him go until he answered all their queries. Mr. Krishna Rao took the issue to the notice of his higher-ups, and began receiving the applications from the people whose cards were deleted.

CPI (M) floor in Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) general body Ch. Babu Rao said there was no rhyme or reason behind deleting the names of some card holders. Most of the people were daily wage workers and labourers. The poor and middle class people live in Ajit Singh Nagar area, and they keep shifting from one house to another in view of their financial conditions. It was not fair that the officials should record such cards as bogus ones, he said.

A team led by CPI city secretary K. Subba Raju visited Kedareswarapeta, Ajit Singh Nagar, New Rajarajeswaripeta, K. L. Rao Nagar and other areas to supervise the Grama Sabhas. Several people poured out their problems, saying the officials recorded their names as the ones that had permanently migrated and kept many applications pending. Several Antyodaya Anna Yojana cards were cancelled too.

The Left parties demanded that the ration cards cancelled be restored immediately.

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