DIALOGUE WITH OFFICIALS
The presence of officials at the Melava gave woman a chance to ask questions and clarify doubts.

Q & A with OFFICIALS

Q: What if a poor person's name is not on the official Below the Poverty Line list?
A:
Since the original and official BPL list is at the Taluka office, you should make an application to the Block offices to have your name included in the BPL list.

Q: How much should it cost for a person below the poverty line to get a ration card?
A:
It costs Rs.6.00 ( Women were surprised to hear this. They had payed upto Rs. 130.00 for their cards).

Q: What if the shop owner refuses to give receipts?
A:
Register a complaint in the Complaints Book in the shop and inform the Tehsildar's office.

The presence of block officials and the collector gave women's collectives an opportunity to present a list of demands to them. Here are the agreements made by the Collector of Osmanabad :

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DEMANDS MADE BY WOMEN'S COLLECTIVES
AGREEMENTS AND COMMENTS FROM THE COLLECTOR
Accepted
1. Take active members of the Mahila Mandals into the Ration Dakshata Samiti. Accepted
2. Give Identity cards to members. Accepted
3. Information on quotas ration quotas alloted should be given in writing to each members of Ration Dakshata Samiti. Not accepted The information can be read at the      following Ration Dakshata Samiti village meeting
4. Naib Tehsildar and Tehsildar should meet all the RDSs representatives every 2 months. Accepted But meetings to be every 3 months
5. If complaints are filed by Ration Dakshata Samiti , tehsildars office has to respond in writing within one month. Accepted He will take action within 15 days
6. Agenda of Taluka level meeting should include
Village level problems and solutions
Next meeting venue and date
Feedback
Role of each member and actor
Other agendas
Accepted A similar agenda should be taken up       for discussion at village level meetings.
7. Complaints book at gram panchayat office also Accepted
8. Tehsildars office is responsible for ensuring that the minutes of the meeting to be circulated to members within fifteen days after the meeting Accepted
9. When officials inspect shops - they should be accompanied by a member of Ration Dakshata Samiti Accepted
10. When officials inspect shops - they should accompanied by a member of Ration Dakshata Samiti Not accepted But the official should keep the Ration     Dakshata Samiti informed.
11. The Tehsildar should ensure the village official and the Ration Dakshata Samiti to conduct meetings every month Not accepted. The tehsildar can only urge village     officials and Ration Dakshata Samiti members to do        this.
12. Copy of village meetings minutes should be recorded by the talati Accepted

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