Civil Society Groups to hold Mass Rally, Dharana and Demonstration throughout the State on 10th Feb.14 demanding immediate supply of Ration Card to the Poor and deserving beneficiaries under National Food Security Act.
All of you are aware that National Food Security Act has been enacted to ensure food security of the poor. Though the Govt. of Odisha has started implementing the law after delay of around one and half year, thousands of poor and deserving people have been left out in the list of Priority Household due to huge corruption and irregularities in the survey conducted by the State Govt. to identify the beneficiaries. After huge protest by the different political parties and Civil Society Groups, the State Govt. through advertisement made an appeal to the people to apply again to get their names enlisted in Ration Card. Though 3 months have passed since submission of application for Rational Card for second time, the State Govt. has not been able to provide ration card. State Food Commission constituted to hear the grievances of the people have remained defunct. Thousands of Complaints in respect of Ration Card filed by the poor people is pending with the Commission. It is interesting to note that without ensuring Ration Card, the State Govt. is trying hard to push Ahara Yojana to provide cooked rice ad dal @ Rs.5/- per head at district headquarter. It is designed to dilute the attention of the people from Ration Card issue.
As the State is reeling under drought due to crop loss, most of the poor people are facing serious food crisis. Many of them have migrated to outside state in search of livelihood. The availability of food grains under Rational Card is o doubt a great hope for them to survive. But denial of Ration Card by the Govt. has added to their woes pushing them to starving situation.
Keeping it in view, a number of Civil Society Organisations ( Right to Food Campaign, Odisha, Odisha Shramajib Mach, Jibika Surakhya Manch, Kondhamal, Samajik Samata Abhijan, Jajpur, Odisha Pesion Parishad, Gajam Jagarana Manch, Pragatishila Mahila Sangh, Shramajibi Sangh, Malkangiri, Proutist Universal, Bharatiya Kishan Sangathan, Open Hand Orgaisation, Lok Bikash Manch, Koraput) working on food security issues have joined hand together and decided to hold Dharana and demonstration on 10th Feb.16 in every district and block head quarter demanding immediate supply of Ration Card to the poor people.
An open appeal is made to the people of Odisha to provide support to make it grand success.
Naresh Jena, Advocate
Sudhir Mohanty, Advocate
Karunakar Bhoi, Bolangir
Jati Pradhan, Bolangir
Kedar Sahu, Boudh