Food Security Yatra grows further in Udaipur
Several hundreds of people from Banswara, Dungarpur, Sirohi and Pali districts, joined in the Food Security yatra here on the second day today.
The yatra that began from backward tribal dominated Medhi village of nearby Kotra tehsil,yesterday with many celebrated participants like Economist Prof Jean Dreze and Ashok Khandelwal, Advisor to the Supreme Court Commissioners, for freeing Rajasthan from hunger and malnutrition grew further with people from many nearby tehsils and districts joining in here on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.
Demanding a Universal public distribution system(PDS) amid slogan--APL-BPL Khatam Karo, Sabko Anaaj, Dal, Tel do--. the participants at mini meetings questioned the Government as to why grains were not being provided to hungry masses when the FCI godowns were overflowing with 100 million metric tonnes.
Besides Medhi, yesterday several yatras began from Kushalgarh in Banswara, Sirohi and Abu Road Block in Sirohi District, Bali in Pali district and Khedwada in Udaipur district.
All the yatras gathered in Udaipur today to share their vision of a ' Bhukh evam Kuposhan Mukta Rajasthan-(a hunger and malnutrition free Rajasthan).
Today yatras took off in Barmer, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Hanumangarh and would be joining the main yatra in Beawar and Jaipur respectively. The yatra would conclude on October 9 in Baran, another tribal dominated hunger pocket in the state.
Sharing his concern with participants Prof. Dreze said percentage of procurement by the FCI was going up year after year, however, distribution was mostly stagnant or declining.
'Even today, the distribution was happening on the basis of BPL list of 2002 and on year 2001 population. The population figures had also not been revised with the 2011 census.
He said it was dishonest to divide the people into APL and BPL in that panchayat, where the issue of livelihoods was not resolved. People were still going to Gujarat to work on very low wages. He said the PDS must provide for Dal and Tel at extremely subsidised cost as it was out of the food plate of the people of this region.