Savita from Nashik has to pay Rs. 20 for a kilogram of wheat from her locality’s ration shop, eight times the ongoing government price of Rs. 3 per a kg of wheat, approximately. Just like Savita, 200 more families, belonging to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category, from Bhimwadi, Nashik are suffering at the hands of greedy government ration shop owner. “The shop owner always says there is no ration stock available. We buy very expensive, but very poor quality of grains. They can’t even be grounded properly,” says another woman to Maya Khodve, Video Volunteers’ correspondent in Maharashtra. The women have tried several ways to bring this discrepancy to the notice of authorities, but the many complaints and forms for ration have all failed.
The monthly income of these families is a paltry sum of Rs. 3000, a month. Denying them their right to ration adversely affects their health and nutrition, since they can’t afford to buy ration at the commercial rates.
Maya, also a member of the Bhimwadi community has been working hard to get the community jutice. She organised a community meeting, to urge each household to file their complaint online. She soon plans to hold a screening of this video to the local authorities and community .
Support Maya and the 200 other families of Bhimwadi. Call the District Collector of Nashik on +912532578500 and demand that the residents of Bhimwadi get rationed grains.
Community correspondent Maya Khodve reports from Maharashtra for Video Volunteers.
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