SRINAGAR: The residents of SD Colony Batamaloo area of Srinagar on Tuesday staged protest against the implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA) in the state and were demanding rollback of the Act.
The residents took to streets and blocked the main road of the area thereby disrupted the vehicular movement. Hundreds of buses and other vehicles coming from south and north Kashmir were stranded on two kilometre stretch which extends from Tengpora to Batamaloo Adda.
“The authorities are deliberately pushing the consumers to walls by implementing such kind of laws. We are not getting enough ration as per the new Act” a protesting woman Rafiqa said.
The protesters were demanding roll back of National Food Security Act which was implemented in J&K since February 15.
“We oppose NFSA. It is a policy to deny us food-grains. How can a family survive on 5 kilograms of rice a month?,” said a protester.
The residents said implementing NFSA was not justified when the state doesn’t produce enough ration for the entire population. “Implementing NFSA under such circumstances is cruel,” another protester said.
The police rushed to the spot and tried to convince the public, but angry protesters denied.
Later, on the assurance from the Sub-district magistrate Srinagar, the protesters disperse peacefully.
Since last dispensation gave its nod to implement NFSA, which was passed by Omar Abdullah led NC-Congress coalition in 2013, people across Kashmir have protested against the bill.
Under NFSA, people are entitled to 5 kgs of rice. Earlier, a family would get 35 kgs of rice in lump sum.
The Vohra led State Administrative Council had passed orders enhancing the ration from 5 to 7 kgs per soul in the Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Priority Sector House Holds (PHSS) category to provide relief to a vast majority of people across the state.