Rozi Roti Adhikar yatra begins in city
Scores of people on Tuesday embarked on a Rozi Roti Adhikar yatra to express their opposition to Delhi government's decision to dismantle the public distribution system (PDS) and replace it with direct cash transfer. HT reports.delhi Updated: Sep 06, 2011 22:45 IST
Scores of people on Tuesday embarked on a Rozi Roti Adhikar yatra to express their opposition to Delhi government's decision to dismantle the public distribution system (PDS) and replace it with direct cash transfer.
Participants in the 20-day long yatra are also demanding a universal National Food Security Act.
The campaign rally will travel through all districts of Delhi, and meetings, songs and skits, will be organised to spread awareness on the issue in various localities.
The Rozi Roti Adhikar Abhiyan is a network of about 30 organisations working on issues related to food security especially through effective PDS. The activists and supporters were prompted to hit the road after the Delhi government began a pilot project in west Delhi wherein about 100 eligible families were given R1,000 in cash per month instead of subsidised food grains.
The yatra started from Shaheed Bhagat Singh Park on the Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg with banners and a decorated tempo. Participants included activists from the member organisations and people from various JJ settlement areas.
“Today the government may give us R1,000 but what will we do a few months down the line when the food prices increase,” said Pushpa Lata from Jagdamaba camp, near Malviya Nagar.
“We want to let the public know that the Delhi government’s scheme of cash transfer in lieu of ration subsidy is a total fraud. The government should strengthen the PDS scheme,” said activist Deepti Sinha.
The yatra will conclude on September 24 at a slum near Shadipur Depot.