THE ALL-INDIA Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) submitted memorandum to the district magistrate on Thursday stating that out of 37 lakh people there are only 50,112 Antodaya ration cardholders. The number of below-poverty-line (BPL) card holders was 80,588, the memorandum said.
The AIDWA also submitted a survey report to the district magistrate. The survey was conducted with the students of the Amity University in Lucknow district.
The memorandum said the survey showed that a large section of the poor, including those who belong to the BPL, were deprived of the privilege because there was insufficient quota of ration cards.
The survey, conducted in June in 14 slums covering 1,032 families, found that 690 families were living in abject poverty. Yet, they did not have any ration card, the survey said.
Out of 690 families, 161 were being headed by widows who do not get pension, the survey said. In the memorandum, the AIDWA requested the district magistrate to impress upon the Central Government to bring in substantial increase in ration card quota.