SRINAGAR: People on Saturday set ablaze their ration cards in front of ration depots as protests against the implementation of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) continued in Kashmir Valley.
Terming the new act as anti-people, the angry consumers staged a sit-in in parts of Srinagar and chanted slogans against the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) department, a local news agency reported.
The protesters said the government was deliberately targeting them. They said they would continue their stir unless the authorities revoke NFSA.
Similar protests were reported from central Kashmir’s Charar-e-Shraief.
The protestors while demanding immediate rollback of the controversial Act. A number of protesters, including women and children, came out on the streets and blocked the traffic movement for two hours on the highway.
However, divisional commissioner Kashmir, Asgar Samoon, while claiming that the new Act will “end the ration paucity” in the state, said there was a lot of misinformation being spread about NFSA.
“Earlier, there used to be the joint family and depots used to be provided ration accordingly. But now, there are three or four members in a house, ration quantity will thus be as per the strength,” Samoon was quoted as saying by the news agency.
He, however, maintained that rations will be provided at Rs 3 per kg and “those who feel there is a deficit can purchase more”.
“I am sure the confusion will end very soon. As people start getting ration as per the new food act, misinformation automatically will cease to exist,” Samoon said.
The NFSA was implemented in Jammu and Kashmir on February 15. The Act guarantees five kg of rice per person every month.
The protests have been continuing across the Valley against the Act, with consumers demanding rations as per the previous scheme that guaranteed 35 kilos of rice to every household.