Left asks for universal public distribution system
The Left parties - CPI(M), CPI, RSP and AIFB - today decided to conduct a countrywide mass signature campaign demanding a universal public distribution system without dividing the people into BPL and APL.
In a statement after their meeting here, they decided to collect five crore signatures for their demands.
Members and activists of the Left parties will go house-to-house to collect signatures in the months of December 2012 and January 2013, it said.
They asked the government to set up a universal public distribution system without dividing the people into BPL and APL. Their other demands included that 35 five kg of foodgrains should be supplied at not more than Rs 2 per kg and this should be provided for in the Food Security law and there should be no cash transfer scheme in the public distribution system.
Those who attended the meeting included, Prakash Karat, AB Bardhan, S Sudhakar Reddy, Sitaram Yechury, Debabrata Biswas, S Ramachandran Pillai, D Raja and Abani Roy.