JKPYC alleges mismanagement, demands suspension of biometrics in PDS ration distribution

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JKPYC General Secretary, Ricky Dalhotra addressing a press conference.

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JAMMU: J&K Pradesh Youth Congress (JKPYC) General Secretary, Ricky Dalhotra on Monday said that people of Jammu and Kashmir are facing severe hardships due to the mismanagement under the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) regime at the Centre.
Addressing a press conference held here on the directions of President J&K Youth Congress, Udhay Chib, Dalhotra said that Below Poverty Line (BPL) families are not getting PDS ration due to Biometric issue during the ongoing crisis situation for which the administration owes an explanation.
Moreover, according to ration dealers use of biometric system in the present circumstances poses great risk not only the dealers but could prove to be a super spreader of Coronavirus to all those consumers getting PDS ration after undergoing the biometric process, he said, adding that the dire need of the hour is to suspend the use of biometric system in distributing PDS ration for the time being till the pandemic situation is overcome failing which the system will become a cause of spreading the virus very fast. Dalhotra said that it is the constitutional duty of the government to ensure that every soul gets ration to survive especially during extraordinary situations like the ongoing pandemic. He asserted that the Govt should immediately issue a notification temporarily suspending the use of biometric system in PDS ration distribution so that atleast the BPL families get their due ration timely and without any risk of getting infected by the deadly virus through biometric equipments.
“The worst affected is the section of people whose two square meal is solely dependent on their meager earnings of the day. These include mostly hawkers and Rehriwallas and crave attention of the administration in the ongoing distress situation,” he added.
He demanded Rs. 5000 cash assistance for such affected people till this tough time due to pandemic is finally over.