Dhanbad, April 26: Protests were the order of the day in the coal town with residents of different areas hitting the streets over discrepancies in the Below Poverty Line (BPL) list and unavailability of application forms for ration cards.
A daylong dharna was launched by more than 100 residents of ward Nos. 32 and 33 at Barmasia and Patra Kulhi in Randhir Verma Chowk. The protesters gathered with their ration cards issued 17 years ago, which identified them as BPL families. They were angry that their names did not figure in the new BPL list available with the councillors and they were being provided ration card forms meant for above poverty line (APL) families.
“We are being denied ration card forms meant for BPL families even though our names figure on the list available on the Internet,” claimed Mahav Lal, a resident of Barmasia.
“How is it possible that out of 150 families of Beldar Tola in Patra Kulhi, not a single one figures on the BPL list?” asked Gajadhar Beldar, a resident of Beldar Tola.
On the other hand, the residents of ward Nos. 24, 25 and 26 falling under Baramuri, Bishunpur, Babudih, VIP Colony, Chandrasekhar Nagar, Rajwar Tola, Thakur Kulhi, Lahbani, Koranga Patti, Jharna Para, Adarsh Nagar and Devi Para staged a demonstration before Dhanbad Municipal Corporation office at Bank More.
Later, the agitators locked up the corporation office, forcing chief executive officer of Dhanbad Municipal Corporation Anand Mohan Singh to intervene. Singh promised an inquiry.
District supply officer Bindu Madhav Singh said sufficient number of forms had been made available to all councillors. “We have also issued 10 per cent extra forms as per demand,” he said.