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For non-PDS card holders in Delhi, pandemic hit much harder

Written by Sourav Roy Barman
| New Delhi |

Up to date: December 1, 2020 11:06:17 am


The Delhi authorities had in April and Could issued round 54 lakh e-coupons for non-ration card holders, out of which round 30 lakh individuals got Four kg wheat and 1 kg rice every. (File picture)

A13-year-old pushed into rubbish assortment, a home assist struggling to are likely to her new child, an aged girl surviving on the neighbours’ generosity — the Covid pandemic has pushed the capital’s weak to the brink. Folks from many such weak teams Monday spoke throughout a digital public listening to on starvation and malnutrition, organised by the NGO Delhi Rozi Roti Adhikar Abhiyan, which has filed a public curiosity litigation within the Delhi Excessive Court docket demanding the resumption of foodgrain distribution to non-PDS card holders.

The Delhi authorities had in April and Could issued round 54 lakh e-coupons for non-ration card holders, out of which round 30 lakh individuals got Four kg wheat and 1 kg rice every. The town has round 71.9 lakh PDS beneficiaries, related to 17.54 lakh ration card holders.

Rani, a resident of Jagdamba camp in South Delhi’s Sheikh Sarai, stated, “My husband and son are lifeless. I stick with my daughter-in-law and grandchildren. My 13-year-old grandson has been compelled to take up the job of plying a rubbish cart… Earlier than the lockdown, his mom and I managed to earn some cash, however we’re jobless now.”

Yashoda, who delivered a baby throughout the lockdown, stated she and her day by day wager husband used to carry residence round Rs 15,000-20,000 per 30 days earlier than the lockdown. “At present, our debt has mounted to Rs 50,000. We do not need a ration card and bought meals grains solely in April and Could when the federal government held camps for non-PDS card holders. We can’t even return to our village as we don’t personal any land. What’s going to we do there?” she stated.

Chanchal, additionally a home assist, shared how the lockdown hit her earnings as one in all her two employers discontinued her providers. “Now I earn Rs 4,000 per 30 days, which works in paying the hire. My husband is a day by day wager. And we don’t personal ration playing cards.”

Usha, an aged girl whose plight was highlighted by the Shahari Mahila Kamgar Union, stated she depends on neighbours for survival. “I left my husband, an alcoholic, 23 years in the past. My son additionally stays individually… Through the lockdown, my elder daughter despatched me ration. As I don’t have a ration card, I don’t even get wheat so I can not less than have chapatis with salt,” she stated.

Many additionally spoke in regards to the difficulties in getting a ration card made, together with getting the landlords to certify their addresses.

Representing the Delhi authorities, DUSIB chief engineer S Ok Mahajan stated he’ll convey the grievances to Meals Commiss-ioner G S Meena. “As for the homeless, we are going to quickly present breakfast at night time shelters, the place occupants already get cooked meals twice a day,” stated Mahajan.

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