DHENKANAL: Tribals of Kankadahada block in the district are facing a tough time as they have to cover a greater distance to receive commodities under the National Food Security Act (NFSA). They have to bear the brunt of high travelling cost while procuring rations under the scheme.
Sources said most of the beneficiaries in the block have been attached with retail centres which are about 25-30 km away from their villages. Ration card holders of Kargola panchayat have to go to Gadapalasuni panchayat, about 25 km away from their village, to procure commodities under NFSA.
Similarly, beneficiaries of Sasapasi village have been asked to collect their rations from the retail centre at Karada, nearly 30 km from their village. Sources said at least 57 fair price retail centres have been set up in the district that would distribute rice at ` two per kg and wheat at ` three per kg to the ration card holders under the Food Security Act.
Bharat Pradhan, a beneficiary of Sasapasi village, said he purchased 10 kg of rice (`20) from Karada retail centre recently but spent `250 as auto-rickshaw fare.
Panchayat and block officials had informed the villagers that the beneficiaries have to procure commodities from their allocated centres. If they fail to collect their rations after receiving cards, their names will be deleted from the list, the beneficiaries said.
Apprehending exclusion of their names, they cover long distances to purchase commodities.
The beneficiaries alleged wrong allotment of retail centres for distribution of ration under NFSA.
Kankdahada Block Development Officer (BDO) Basant Mallick said steps are being taken to modify the allocation of centres for these villages. A revised list of retail centres will be prepared soon. However, beneficiaries can lodge complaint and submit request to change their centres to purchase rations, he added.
Courtesy: The New Indian Express.