People’s Movements of Maharashtra have reiterated their demand to universalize the public distribution system (PDS) that makes essential food grains available at subsidized rates, and also demanded that relief rations in the time of the COVID-19 crisis be provided FREE and unconditionally, without requirement of ration card or proof of purchase of regular ration quota.
This is imperative as millions of daily-wage workers unable to earn income during lockdown do not have the means to purchase rations even at the most subsidized rate.
Seema Kulkarni of Mahila Kisan Adhikar Manch, a network of women farmers, explained why:
#NoBOGORelief @seemakulkarni21 of MAKAAM explains why Maharashtra government’s recent order needs to be reconsidered. @AUThackeray @aidboston @tvjayan @kunalpurohit @neelamgorhe pic.twitter.com/svOyqTxJSz
— MAKAAM (@MahilaKisan) April 7, 2020
A number of movements in Maharashtra sent the following letter to the Chief Minister: