WB: Villagers rally for proper food distribution

July 26, 2012 by  
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West Bengal, July 23, 2012: The protesters also demanded that the government scraps its plan to reduce the food grain to the poor.

Church people from different denominations led a rally of around 800 men and women in Bankura district of West Bengal demanding proper distribution of food grains to poor.

The protesters also demanded that the government scraps its plan to reduce the food grain to the poor.

They said that all poor, irrespective of whether they live above or below poverty line, should be given food grains through public distribution system.

Catholic church-run Udayani Social Action Forum and Protestant Church of North India pastor Kalya Kisku organized the rally along with other social organizations.

Later, the protestors submitted a memorandum of their demands to district controller food and supply at his office on July 18.

The district collector said that vigilance committees would be formed at the block and shop level to monitor the supply and price of food grains.

He said the state government has ordered for increased ration supply to people from August.

The official also enumerated the scale of quota and price of each item for people living above and below poverty line. He invited the NGO representatives to join him on his weekly visits to the blocks and shops in the villages.

The NGOs decided to work together on food rights of the people and continue to intensify the awareness campaigns at the village level.

– ucan

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