Protests against Food Act in Pampore

Protesters blocked Srinagar-Jammu highway on Tuesday at Pampore to protest against the recently-implemented National Food Security Act (NFSA).
Protests against Food Act in Pampore
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Protesters blocked Srinagar-Jammu highway on Tuesday at Pampore to protest against the recently-implemented National Food Security Act (NFSA).

Reports said that hundreds of women of Pampore township assembled at Drangbal chowk and raised slogans against the government over the implementation of food security act.

Protesters forced the stoppage of traffic for an hour, leading to severe traffic jam on the busy Jammu-Srinagar highway.

Raising anti government slogans, protesters termed the law as "anti-public", and demanded its immediate rollback.

The protestors threatened of intensifying protests against NFSA if it is not revoked immediately. "The authorities are deliberately pushing the consumers to wall by implementing such kind of laws," they said.

Questioning the logic of implementing the scheme in a state like J&K where rice is staple food, protestors said, "Is it possible that a person will survive on three or five kilos of rice per month? They should distribute rice as per the old scheme."

"We heard that no ration will be provided to the kids below five years of age, it is a matter of concern. Had we been told about this criteria we would have never filled the KYC forms for ration cards," they added.

The protestors expressed their resentment against a circular issued by the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution department which states that five kg ration would be issued per head per month under the NFSA.

Reports also said that hundreds of protestors also blocked Khrew-Pampore road at Shar-shaali to protest against the food security act.

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