Ranjana Devi, wife of Manoj Kumar, lives in village Bariarpur Urf Bajidpur, block Motipur, Muzaffarpur, Bihar. She was not receiving the free rations provided by government’s Public Distribution System because she did not have a ration card. Ranjana Devi had tried many times to procure a ration card, including giving an agent INR 800 for it, but she was cheated. She then heard that a meeting (Mahila Baithak) of the Women’s Leadership School was being organized in her village, as part of Gram Utthan project of PTC Foundation, which is implemented by S M Sehgal Foundation, and joined it in 2018. In this group, she shared her predicament about the ration card. The project team assisted her step by step to get her free ration card. Now she owns a ration card and is availing the benefits of it. Also she now assists other women trying to get ration cards from the block office.
Authors: Ashutosh Singh and Ellora Mubashir
(Ashutosh is Assistant Program Lead, Agriculture in Bihar and Ellora is Manager, Partnerships at S M Sehgal Foundation)