COVID-19 woes: Thane, Palghar villagers agitate for ration cards, jobs

COVID-19 woes: Thane, Palghar villagers agitate for ration cards, jobs

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Thane, May 26 : Sharamajivi Sanghatana, an outfit working for tribals' welfare, on Tuesday held 'Hak ka Agraha' agitation here as well as in distant Palghar district while diligently adhering to the social distancing and other hygiene norms.

Titled 'Hak ka Agraha' or insistence of right, the agitation was held for issuance of ration cards and provision of jobs under the Employment Guarantee Scheme towards the villagers reeling under financial duress owing to the COVID-19 crisis.

Sanghatana limited the number of the protestors to 50 as a crowd control measure. Mostly face covered women participated in the protest carrying placards scribbled with their demands. The agitation, held at the Collectorate here, was led by the Sanghatana Thane President Ashok Sapthe and General Secretary Balaram Bhoir. Similarly, the local leaders coordinated the protestors gathering in distinct tehsils of Palghar. Later, a memorandum was submitted to the Collector and tehsildars by the respective delegations.

Commenting on the purposeful gathering, Sanghatana founder Vivek Pandit stated, "As many as 18,846 applications had been submitted for issuance of ration cards in the districts of Thane, Palghar, Raigad and Nashik. Around 94 percent of them were still pending for reasons best known to them."

He underscored that the State government has "failed" to keep up its undertaking given to the Bombay High Court in response to the PIL filed by him, and added that the government had resolved to issue ration cards to the applicants, which is now a distant dream. "This kind of agitation was taken just for their (villagers) rights to get ration cards, essential goods and also work for their livelihood. If the government cannot give this, it is shameful on its' part," remarked a youth leader Pramod Pawar.(UNI)