Even after supreme court of India clear cut guidelines and union control Food Control Order -2001 that every year list of BPL families under PDS food security scheme should renewed as per list submitted by Village Panchayat in it’s “Gramsabha”, Maharashtra Govt. is giving food to the families as per it’s own survey done in the year 2012 by making mockery of “Right to Food” denying food security to more than one lakh BPL families mostly tribal and downtrodden facing malnutrition and starvation hence in order to enforce supreme court direction and guidelines of Food Control Order 2001 thousands of poor and tribal under BPL families listed by Village Panchayat in Gramsabha will join the protest rally at Pandharkawada in tribal dominated sub-divisional head quarter in farmers suicide prone Yavatmal district of vidarbha ,Kishor Tiwari president Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti(VJAS) informed in press release today..
“In fact Maharashtra Govt.has submitted affidavit to Mumbai high court ,Nagpur bench in our Kolam starvation PIL that they are strictly following food control order 2001 and list of BPL families will be updated annually but ground reality till today list 2002 of BPL survey is considered for selecting BPL food security under PDS and earlier we have moved Mumbai high court Nagpur bench and Maharashtra Human Right Commission (MHRC) and successfully got included all kolam tribals of Maharashtra in Anntodya and got the direction from MHRC to have fresh survey of BPL families in the
Year 2009 but administration has not done intentionally in this regards keeping millions of poor from legitimate right of food under BPL category moreover Govt. has strongly he cancelled more than 3 million ration cards in last two years hence we are demanding food under BPL category to every poor covered under BPL and listed by village panchyat in order to give food security to dying distressed vidarbha people hence this protest” Tiwari added.
Over one lakh families from Adivasi,Dalit and underprivileged categories in the Yavatmal district alone have been deprived of BPL ration cards, despite intervention of the high court and apex court following the recommendations of Justice Wadhva committee, as Govt. gives the impression that there is unavailability of food under government sponsored schemes whereas Food grains are decaying in many states for want of adequate storage. it’s ridiculous on the part Maharashtra to drop down the BPL families drastically .according to 2002 BPL survey there are more than 6.6.milion families are covered under PDS and if anybody is claiming that 3 million are ration cards issued earlier are bogus then it’s obvious that Maharashtra state is trying to keep away at least 50% BPL families out of reach of news subsidies food scheme .we want resurvey by third party and final decision of cancellation of ration card after that hence restoration of right to food to BPL families is must ” Tiwari urged.