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Tripura: 447 tribal families staring at food crisis as bad roads block PDS supplies; officials busy in blame game

Ambassa(Tripura), Jul 13(UNI) At least 447 Public Distribution System (PDS) beneficiaries have not received their share of entitled subsidised grains this month as the supplies could not reach their village due to bad roads in the bordering subdivision of Gandacharraof Dhalai district.
Ratannagar ADC Village, nearly 100 km from the district headquarters, has 447 families of 2054 people.
The families from Tripuri and Chakma communities in the remote subdivision depend on shifting cultivation for their livelihood and the food items provided through PDS are their sole support to avoid starvation.
With the beginning of monsoon the only road reaching the area turned virtually immovable and no vehicle has been able to reach the area.
Allegedly, the contract for mending the road was given to HSCL which left it undone for decades and the villagers continued to suffer.
"Even after repeated persuasions, the administration has only given us assurances. And the neglect has led to this crisis," said one person aware of the situation.
Sub Divisional Magistrate R. Ransal said HSCL has been asked to complete the construction of the road several times, but they never did it.
The PWD (R&B) officials have also refused to take the responsibility and blamed HSCL.
While the blame game continues, the villagers are staring at a crisis as their food stocks are dwindling.
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