Maharashtra’s relief package for ration card holders amounts to a “Buy One Get One Free” (BOGO) offer. Those without wages ask, How do we buy?
The Maharashtra Government order for relief due to lockdown offers ration card holders 5kg rice per month for 3 months – April, May and June. However families must first buy their regular ration and only then get the free supplement. Those who find themselves struggling without income due to lockdown, if unable to pay for their regular share of rations, would then be unable to access the free rations announced by the government.
The plight of those without ration cards is even more dire, as they have no earnings to be able to buy in the open market, and no eligibility for rations under the relief package.
Organizations providing relief to people without ration cards are unable to get either the regular ration nor the free ration to distribute. AID partner Seema Kulkarni, who coordinates a network of organizations in rural Maharashtra has been receiving panic calls from field staff who are unable to help families access the government relief in order to survive the lockdown period. She explained the impact of the lockdown upon women, particularly singe women, and the obstacles they and faced in obtaining relief in an interview with Anika Aren of Swaraj Express TV News.
Full text of Maharashtra Government Order: 5 kg free ration
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