Tribals and non-tribals of remote areas under Thuamul Rampur block of Kalahandi district shunned governmental claims of smooth distribution of ration cards under the National Food Security Act, as they narrated how they were denied their card despite running from pillar to post for six months.
At least 700 people from villages of Adri, Karlapat, Sindipadar, Gunupur,Maligaon publicly narrated their plight at a two day Public Hearing on “Implementation of National Food Security Act” was organised by Right to Food Campaign Odisha and NGO “Antodaya”.
The objective of the Public Hearing was to assess the implementation of the Act in terms of identification of beneficiaries and distribution of Ration Card in one of the extreme poverty stricken and underdeveloped area of the state ie Thuamul Rampur Block of Kalahandi district.
Several lawyers and eminent people from the district headquarters attended the public hearing where the complaints were registered in the form of testimony and forwarded to the state food commission.
A jury chaired by Pradip Pradhan, State Convener, Right to Food Campaign, Odisha heard the grievances of the people and received all the complaints and assured the people to fight out their case at Commission It was alleged during course of presentation by the villagers that to get the ration card, they have been approaching Sarapanch, Block Development Officer, Civil Supply office, Collector, Kalahandi etc,but in vain.
Many names have been struck down falsely showing that the applicants own vehicles and a high monthly income.
In most of the cases Gram sabha or Palli sabha were not conducted to verify the list of the beneficiaries identified under NFSA.
The names of the widows, single women and disabled have been dropped from the list, it is found from the documented list.