Shimla, Mar 19 : All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) on Thursday demanded the Central government to distribute the stored grains, free of cost, to those sections of society who are vulnerable to get infected from the deadly coronavirus. "There is a huge stock of 7.5 crore tonnes of food grains in the godowns. Instead of allowing these food grains to lie rotting in these godowns, it must be distributed free of cost to all the vulnerable sections of the population", AIDWA said here in a statement.
The organisation demanded that the Central Government urgently release increased allocation of food grains to all the states. The situation arisen due to the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus is adversely impacting the lives of the marginalized sections of the society. Unorganized labour and daily wage earners, a large number of whom are women are facing a grave situation in keeping the home fires burning. The poor people are faced with a spectre of increasing hunger and malnutrition. "This will further endanger their health as a result of lowering immunity", the statement further said.
Meanwhile, the organisation commended the efforts of the Kerala government which, it said, has ensured that underprivileged children continue to have access to midday meals by delivering rice, wheat, beans, oil and snacks to their houses through the ICDS. AIDWA State president Reena Tanwar and general secretary Falma Chauhan said Kerala is also providing nutrition to children below 3 years, lactating mothers and pregnant women.(UNI)