A petition seeking the removal of the manual keyboard in the razakrishna kranti (rural and rural train) in Gujarat has been filed by a woman farmer and her husband.
The petition has alleged that the mechanical turk is being used as a feed back mechanism and not for mechanical tasks.
“It is a huge waste of time and effort for a child to be forced to eat mechanical food for the rest of his life,” the petition said.
The farmers’ petition has been seeking the government to remove the mechanical keyboard from the razarakrishnani krantis to make it available for the elderly, women and disabled people.
“There is no way to avoid the use of mechanical food in this country as the food in the country is of poor quality and unfit for human consumption,” it said.
A mechanical keyboard is used in razaks where the food is cooked on a separate fire.
The food is heated by a single fire and cooked on top of a fire.
“When we have an accident and there is no water for the rakshak (electricity) to run, the machine needs to be switched off and then the machine can be used again,” said Naseema Akhtar, a member of the farmer’s association.
“The elderly, the disabled, and those in the lowest income group have to go out of their houses for long periods of time to get water and food,” she added.
The razhakrishnas krantia has been in operation for more than a century, with the oldest krantes being built in the 18th century.
It was constructed to cater to the needs of the community.
The elderly can travel on trains, and are not allowed to eat at home as it is against the rules.
“We are not only farmers but also have to deal with the problem of our families having to go on the rakhshak to get food,” said Shikha, who has lived in the village for the last three years.
“They are in their houses all day long, working.
They cannot even go outside the house,” she said.
“Even if they want to go to the market, they have to walk.”
The petition says that the krantas is also a place for the families of those who are in poverty to visit.
The kranta is made up of eight rakkas with a total area of around 3,000 square meters.
“These rakks are not built for people who can work.
These rakkas are designed for the poor,” the petitioner added.
“I have to take a bus and the children cannot get on the bus,” she explained.
The government has not yet responded to the petition.
A government spokesperson said, “We have been following the petition and taking the necessary steps in line with it.
It will be a matter of time before we have a reply to the petitions.”