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Protest erupts over ration card deprivation in Dibrugarh

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DIBRUGARH, Feb 29: Hundreds of people, under the banner of CPI(M-L), Dibrugarh district unit, staged a demonstration in front of the Dibrugarh Deputy Commissioner’s Office on Thursday after being deprived of getting ration under NFSA.

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“There are many poor families who are deprived of getting ration. In the Tingkong and Lohowal Legislative Assembly of Dibrugarh Lok Sabha constituency, there are many families who were deprived of ration. In a total, nine villages of Tingkong and Lohowal, there are more than 200 people who were deprived of getting ration,” said Bitupon Bokulia, CPI(M-L) secretary, Dibrugarh district.

He said, “The BJP government has announced that those with an annual income of less than Rs 4 lakh will get the benefits of ration, but it seems that many poor people who have a monthly income of less than Rs 3000 are also deprived of ration.”

“The BJP government in Assam, under Himanta Biswa Sarma, has recently stated that over 42 lakh beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) have been provided free ration cards by the government in January 2024, but in reality, many people are deprived of the ration. The government is busy in publicity, but the ground reality is different,” the release stated.

Bolen Saikia, CPI(M-L), central committee member said, “We have seen that under one fair price shop, a total of 150 people were deprived of getting ration. The people have submitted their Aadhaar cards, but still, they are not getting ration. Due to the Aadhaar card mismatch, many of them are deprived of getting ration.”

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The CPI(M-L) has submitted a memorandum to the Dibrugarh deputy commissioner and stated that every poor person should get a ration card.

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