Gujarat’s move to cancel excess NFSA ration cards to rob 5 lakh tribals of right to food

Ahmedabad, April 01 (KMS): The Gujarat government’s order to cancel excess National Food Security Act (NFSA) ration cards without conducting an economic survey will deprive over five lakh tribals of their right to food.

The Gujarat government has started the process of cancelling the ration cards of 83,556 families spread across 11 districts and more than 30 talukas. The majority of tribal families are concentrated in these talukas and districts, according to the Congress party.

Vansda, a tribal populated area, is the most affected by the government’s decision.

A ration shopkeeper, who requested anonymity, said, “The government’s decision will primarily affect tribal families, as only 3600 families in Vansda taluka will be affected. The important thing to remember is that the ration card is issued by the government and they have the authority to cancel it. But they are forcing shopkeepers like us to do so.”

Vansada Congress MLA Anant Patel said, “Most of the people in the tribal areas are very poor as they cannot earn their daily meal by themselves, and without any kind of circular, any kind of economic survey. Many ration cards of old age people, disabled, women, and widows have been cancelled in this cancellation process.”

According to data, 7470 Narmada district ration cards, 7595 Dang district ration cards, and 5,947 Tapi district ration cards have been cancelled.

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