The public distribution system in Chhattisgarh recently failed to deliver in the violence-hit zone of Bastar.
During a much-publicised event, the Sukma administration recently sent a convoy comprising 22 vehicles from Dornapal to Jagargunda, a remote tribal area in the district. It took over 30 hours as the convoy, escorted by security personnel, passed through forests and streams.
Several road-opening parties were deployed and extensive de-mining exercises were carried out by the forces along the stretch.
However, when the vehicles reached Jagargunda, almost the entire ration was found rotting. The trucks had brought 1,603 quintal rice, 182 quintal pulses, 8,096 kg potatoes and 8,096 kg onions, among material. While the pulses had worms, perishable items were rotting.
Jagargunda does not have any shop and PDS reaches here once in six months. Villagers have refused to accept their six-month supply of food items.
The matter was reported Saturday by a few local journalists who accompanied the convoy. District panchayat member Janki Kawasi said, “The ration is not even fit for animals.”