In an emergency like the present, the state should ensure that the poor — estimated to be around 20 lakh in Bengaluru — have access to its public distribution system. Interestingly, the Food and Civil Supplies Department says there are only 16 lakh ration cards in the city. This, while there is enough to feed all for 15 months, say experts.
Both the Centre and the State have issued orders to ensure that tenants are not evicted during the lockdown period by house owners, PG accommodations and hostels. Bengaluru’s Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao, who anticipates more issues in the coming week as many tenants would not be able to pay their rent, has asked aggrieved persons to alert the police.