NFSA: Poorly concieved scheme makes life in rural Jammu difficult

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Vishal Sharma

Despite the tall claims by the government of providing food security to the people of the state by the implementation of the ‘National Food Security Act’, the life has become even worse to the so called beneficiary peoples as the ill-conceived move does not fit in their scheme of things to meet both ends.
The government decision of providing wheat @ Rs. 9 per Kilogram replacing the previous trend in which a ration card holder was
provided flour (Atta) @ Rs 9 per Kilogram has coupled the hardships of the populace in rural and border
areas as the decision has increased an extra physical and financial burden by means of getting grinded flour after purchasing wheat grains @ Rs 9 per Kg.
Pertinent to mention here that the government has decided to sell wheat in the rural areas instead of flour and is presently selling it at the price on which it was selling flour to the ration card holders i.e. Rs 9 per kilogram which was earlier the rate of grinded “Aatta”.
After buying wheat from the government ration distributor at the rate of flour, these poor masses are now spending extra money for its grinding at flour mills besides extra man power and time for the entire process. Taking undue advantage of the circumstances, flour mill owners have also increased the grinding charges upto double as now most of them are charging Rs 1 per kilogram which was 50 paisa per kilogram before the implementation of NFSA.
Complaining step-motherly treatment with rural masses, Dwarika Ram a resident of R.S Pura said that they don’t understand that why this discrimination was being done with them by the government on the name of their wellbeing. He said that now they are spending more for the flour as they are paying extra money for the grinding of wheat at flour mills that have also doubled their charges taking making advantage of the absurd decision taken by the government.
Besides this purchasing wheat and then its grinding for flour is a lengthy process which need manpower for transportation which is also an issue for the rural masses especially for those residing in border regions which contrarily deserves facilities instead of additional burden, so this decision is purely irrational which has obliged the poor’s to overspend extra time and energy for chapattis.

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