KARNATAKA

Supply of 35 kg rice at Rs. 2 a kg demanded

Protest: DYFI members taking out a procession in Madikeri on Monday.

Protest: DYFI members taking out a procession in Madikeri on Monday.  

Staff Correspondent

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Madikeri: Members of the Kodagu unit of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) took out a procession here on Monday. They were protesting against rise in prices of essential commodities and the failure of the Government to fill vacancies in the government departments in the district.

Secretary of the Kodagu unit of DYFI P.R. Bharath and several other members took out a rally from the Gandhi Maidan to the Deputy Commissioner’s office where they staged a dharna and submitted a memorandum to the Additional Deputy Commissioner K.M. Chandre Gowda. Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Mr. Bharath focussed on the problems of the poor in Kodagu district. He said that price rise had affected the poor. He suggested that essential commodities such as sugar, oil and pulses be made available to the people through the public distribution system (PDS). Besides, the Centre should reduce petrol and diesel prices, he added.

The State Government should scrap the ‘unit’ system of the PDS according to which an individual gets only 4 kg of rice. Instead steps should be taken to provide 35 kg of rice to every individual at the rate of Rs. 2 a kg through the PDS. It was unfortunate that multi-national retail chains were being given a free hand to operate in the country at the cost of farmers, Mr. Bharath added. The UPA-led Government was playing into the hands of the United States of America by neglecting the farmers, he alleged.

Accusing the Department of Food and Civil Supplies here for not being able to check hoarding and diversion of foodgrains from the ration depots, president of the Kodagu DYFI, Mary Ambudas said foodgrains were not provided for the 12-year-olds in some depots. The Government should initiate action against such depots, she demanded.

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