TDP MLC P. Ashok Babu has asked the state government to immediately resume the distribution of essential goods under the public distribution system to help the poor who have struggled to make ends meet due to the second wave of COIVD-19.
In a letter to Prime Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday, Ashok Babu also stressed the need to address the problems of ration vehicle operators and dealers.
The TDP chairman criticized the government’s approach and said that not even 10% of the ration had been distributed so far.
The freedom announced by the Union government had ceased in the last three days, he claimed. “The door delivery program has hit over 30,000 grocers hard,” he said.
The government had spent £ 539 million on the procurement of the mobile dispensing units, which were handed over to 9,260 unemployed youth charged with delivering the ration to the door. Another £ 230 million was paid to them as wages.
“These unemployed youths became workers who were supposed to hand over the ration to the beneficiaries. They have been on strike for four days and are demanding COVID insurance, vaccines, masks and disinfectants, “said the TDP chairman.
With grocers being relieved of their jobs to pave the way for the door delivery system, they were unwilling to participate in the distribution of the food during the pandemic, he said.
“The traders are threatening a strike if the government pressures them to distribute the ration. Dealers are also upset that their login access has been removed and the e-passport functionality has been made available to vehicle operators, ”he said.