SHILLONG, Feb 17: The Khasi Students Union (KSU) on Wednesday met Deputy Commissioner East Khasi Hills District Peter S Dkhar expressing their dissatisfaction concerning the distribution of the ration cards.
It may be noted that the State has launched the tiol Food Security Scheme granted by the Central government to distribute ration card from this month.
“In our findings most of the local inhabitants of the state have been deprived of their rights since their me was not on the list of beneficiaries to avail the scheme,” KSU general secretary Auguster Jyrwa told newsmen here on Wednesday.
“The DC had told us that he will look into the matter so that those people whose mes was not present on the list of beneficiaries, he will issue new forms and the people can collect the forms from the office of the DC or from Fair Price Shops,” he said.
With regards to the Antyodaya An Yoja (AAY) he said, the DC had informed them that there will be new distribution of forms, however those people around 20, 000 of them who have already availed the scheme will not be deprived from getting the ration.
On the new regulation which states that if there is one member in the family which is holding a government job then they will not be able to avail this scheme, he said, “Even if someone in the family is a government employee it is still going to be difficult if he or she has to provide for 5 or 7 more people and as a Union we will have to sit and discuss this matter further to take it to the state government.”
According to him, it’s due to the census the local indigenous population of the state are deprived of their rights to avail the scheme.
He said the union will soon write to the State government to propose for a different census when it comes to such schemes.