To ensure that people from the poorer section get daily meals, the members of the Movement For Peace and Justice (MPJ), Maharashtra, a social organisation, have urged the citizens belonging to the middle and rich section to support their campaign.
The organisation launched Annacha Adhikaar Sarvansaathi, a two-month statewide awareness on the government’s public distribution system (PDS), in 25 districts of the state on May 15.
“Rationing of food grain is not carried out properly in many parts of the state. But, the poor section is helpless. So, we urge people to support the campaign that will help us to fight for the poor,” said Mohammed Siraj, president, MPJ, Maharashtra.
“Besides, these schemes are run by the government from the tax-payers’ money. This gives us the right to question the government if we feel they are faltering,” added Siraj.
MPJ is demanding the universal distribution of food so that people from all classes can avail of the rationing benefits. “The government has categorised people using colour codes for rationing cards. Our demand is everyone should get rationed food irrespective of their income,” said Soheb Lokhandwala, media secretary, MPJ.
As part of the campaign, MPJ volunteers will conduct group meetings in slum areas and villages to inform people about their right to PDS.