Yashoda Bai Koli aged 55 yrs is poor a destitute woman living in Mahul Village. She is engaged in selling fish for earning a livelihood. Due to her poor socio-economic situation, she is highly dependent on subsidized food grains from PDS (Public Distribution System) shops. Since the last two years she was not getting food grains as her ration card is damaged. She had applied for a new ration card, but the officers demanded huge sums of illegal money for issuing a new ration card. Not able meet their demands, she also met with the local leaders, but in vain.
Through Tata Power's Adhikaar campaign, we filed a written complaint to the Ration Office (RO) on her behalf. Based on our complaint, the RO has taken necessary action against the errant officers and issued new ration card to her within 3 days on payment of official fee of Rs. 21. This has helped her to re-gain access to the PDS shops for subsided food grains, which has helped her to have her meals and lead a normal healthy life.
ABOUT THE PROGRAMME: ADHIKAAR
Tata Power has developed a unique 'People Centred Advocacy (PCA) Model' to ensure 'Right to Food' for the vulnerable sections of society. This is a holistic initiative which engages a beneficiary through the entire value-chain of food sourcing, i.e.Â paperwork, registration, accreditation and quality food procurement. With the food entitlement process encased in beauacracy, malpractices and middle men who take advantage of susceptible individuals, the program hand-holds a beneficiary at every stage to ensure no slippage and quality food sourcing to the underprivileged.