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Published On:09 December 2012
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Report on Jansunwai of Ration Cardholders in Bhiwandi

Public hearing held in Kawad village and Padagha near Bhiwandi

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A Public hearing was conducted in the presence of Soheb Lokhandwala (Rep. to Advisor SC on Right to Food, Maharashtra), Shekhar Kapure, Dr. Das, and members of local committee of Lok Raj Sangathan.

The hearing was conducted in 2 places in the morning of 2nd December 2012 from 11 am to 1 pm in Aanganwadi premises of village Kawad. More than 150 people participated in the public hearing. People from neighbouring villages / padas like Madkyacha Pada, Sontakke, Shambhunagar, Vaghiwali, Pariwali, Rohine gaon also attended the public hearing. People had walked more than 5 km. To attend the hearing in the afternoon of 2nd December 2012 from 3.30 pm to 5 pm in Sudarshannagar of Padagha. More than 100 people participated in the public hearing. People from Balajinagar, Sudershannagar, Navi Ali, Brahman aali and also from neighbouring villages like Sherekarpada, Chmbipada and Bhadane etc. also attended the public hearing. Ex Sarpanch of Padagha Mr. Sane was also present.

Soheb Lokhandwala clarified that right to food is part of right to life. He also clarified that as a member of Supreme Court appointed committee he will try his best to help people get their right as per the law. And also pursue their complaints to the concern authority in Tehsil and State.

In both the meetings a very large number of local people, who are the direct beneficiaries of PDS, participated. The beneficiaries included both Yellow & Saffron card holders. The common grievances expressed by more than 40 people who gave evidence were:

Grievances of Yellow Card holders / BPL cardholders

1. For most of the period over last two years they have not got Palm oil

2. Over last 2 years they never received any Tur Dal

3. They get ½ litre Kerosene per month for each person which is extremely inadequate. The Kerosene distributing shops are open for a very short duration in some cases for less than 2 hours in the evening.

4. Most of the time they get between 25 to 30 Kgs. Of Wheat & Rice put together, but never got 35 Kgs. as per their entitlement.

5. Sugar is not given every month.

6. Ration shop owners tell them that Yellow card holders are getting less since Saffron card holders have to be given some quantity. Thus they try to incite Yellow card holders against Saffron card holders.

Grievances of Saffron Card holders / APL cardholders

1. Ration shop owners tell them that saffron card holders will be given ration only if any stock is left after giving to BPL card holders.

2. Over last 2 years they have never received any Tur Dal , Palm oil, or Sugar.

3. They get ½ litre Keroscene per month for each person which is extremely inadequate. The Keroscene distributing shops are open for a very short duration in some cases for less than 2 hours in the evening

4. Most of the time they get between 4 to 6 kgs. Of Wheat & Rice put together, but never got 15 Kgs. as per their entitlement.

Common grievances of both cardholders

1. The Ration shops distributing grains open only after 20th of the month, as a result of which many of them cannot buy since they have no money left at the end of the month. Ration shop owners tell them that this is because they receive ration from government only after 20th.

2. The quality of both Wheat & Rice is rarely very good. Most of the times the quality is very poor.

3. The ration shop owners refuse to give Complaint book even when asked by the card holders and instead threaten them.

4. Many times complaints have been given in writing; delegations have met the officials in Bhiwandi and even in Konkan Bhawan. But after they fight, for a few days the quota increases a little bit, but after that again it is reduced.

According to norms, Ration to be provided for BPL cardholders is as follows:

Total ration to be received 35kg ie 25kg Rice and 10kg Wheat

Sugar 500gm per person.Palmolive oil 1lit/family,Tur Dal 1kg/family

Kerosene 2litre/per person and if one cylinder 4litre/family and no kerosene for family having 2 cylinder.

For APL card holders:-

Total ration to be reeived 15kg ie Rice 10kg and 5kg Wheat

(Previously sugar was given now no sugar provided)

Tur Dal-1kg/family and Cooking oil 1lit/family and Kerosene same as BPL category

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