JAMMU: Jammu West Assembly Movement (JWAM) under the leadership of its president Sunil Dimple held a protest on Friday against the Food and Supply Ministry for supplying wheat in place of flour (Atta) to the people.
Addressing the protesters, Dimple said that government has not supplied Atta to the people of Jammu for the last three months from the ration depots. Dimple alleged that hundreds of genuine ration cards have been cancelled and not issued to the genuine consumers who are permanent residents and were having life- long ration cards. He appealed to the people not to lift wheat from the ration depots. He also alleged that the government has also stopped sugar supply from the ration depots. He said the people are without ration from depots for the last three months in the Jammu region and city.
Dimple urged upon the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to stop implementation of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) as it has put the people of the State in great trouble. Dimple said that there are many irregularities and shortcomings in NSFA and the government should sort out those shortcomings before its implementation in the State.Dimple demanded from the Chief Minister to give 10 kg Atta per member of a family as 7 kg per member is not sufficient and all the ration card holders BPL, APL families should be given the benefit of the Food Security Bill (FSB).
He further alleged that no kerosene oil is being supplied from the depots for the last three months and the quantity of oil has been reduced from five to three liters per ration card. He demanded for the inclusion of edible oil, sugar, salt, Dalls, vegetables, LPG and kerosene oil in the NFSB from the State Government side.Among others who joined the protest include Rajinder Sharma, Sham Saroop, Harbans Tondan, Vinod Suri, Som Nath Sharma, S Randhier Singh Bali, Vijay Khjuria, Ashok Khana, Kulwant Sharma, Raman Gupta, Dev Raj, Bansi Lal, Ram Kumar Dass, Vipan Mukesh, Rakesh, Mukesh Kumar, Muna Dogra, Golu Singh Kala Kumar and others.