The Left parties have been conducting a campaign and movement for a universal public distribution system and for an effective food security law which assures all citizens access to food.
The campaign conducted from July to September 2012 has met with a good response from the people in all parts of the country.
In order to intensify the campaign and widen the movement, the Left parties decided to conduct a countrywide mass signature campaign.The Left parties have given a call to collect five crore signatures. Members and activists of the Left parties will go house-to-house to collect signatures in the months of December 2012 and January 2013.
The demands on which the signatures will be collected and submitted to the government are:
Set up a universal public distribution system without dividing the people into BPL and APL.
35 kgs of foodgrains should be supplied at not more than Rs. 2 per kg and this should be provided for in the Food Security law.
No Cash transfer scheme in the public distribution system
Those who attended the meeting included, Prakash Karat, A.B. Bardhan, S. Sudhakar Reddy, Sitaram Yechury, Debabrata Biswas, S Ramachandran Pillai, D Raja and Abani Roy.