Mugu folks face food shortage ahead of festive season

- Raj Bahadur Shahi, Mugu

Sep 7, 2014-

Due to a sudden halt of transport services following the landslides along the Gamgadhi-Nagma road, residents of Gumgadhi bazaar have been facing an acute shortage of food including daily essentials.

The road that was damaged last month after heavy downpours is yet to be repaired. As transport services have not resumed, prices of essential commodities like rice, edible oil, salt, sugar, noodles, biscuits and soap have soared.

Along with the locals, businessmen from remote areas have also had to return empty handed from the markets. “With the festive season just around the corner, the shops have been running out of stock,” said a local businessman, Gyan Dutt Bhatta, lamenting that there was no assurance of transport services resuming.

As the situation has worsened in the area, locals and businesspersons have rued over the government’s indifference towards taking initiative to repair the roads.

Another concern among the business circle is the fear of date expiry of the commodities in trucks arriving from Surkhet and Nepalgunj since they have been stuck mid-road for quite some time. “We have requested the Division Road Office to clear the road and make operations smooth at the earliest,” claimed Chief District Officer Bal Bhadra Giri. He dreaded that the road which generally used to be closed during winters due to heavy snow would also be shut during the monsoon season.

Although a meeting between stakeholders at the District Administration Office had asked the DRO in Surkhet to clear the road immediately, it remains to be executed.

However, Chief of DRO in Surkhet Bhanu Jaisi claimed that dozers were being used in an effort to clear the road and pledged to open vehicular movement within a couple of days.

Meantime, in order to supply daily essentials ahead of the festive season, some businessmen have headed to Jumla with mules.

Dolpa in food crisis

DOLPA: The hilly district of Dolpa is reeling under food shortage. The crisis deepened after Nepal Food Corporation (NFC) failed to increase in the quota of subsidised rice to the district this year.

While both NFC godowns at Juphal and Dunai have minimal stock of rice, depots in Sarmi, Liku, Kaigaun among others do not have a single grain of rice, claimed NFC branch office chief Hari Prasad Joshi.

He said that the management committee has corresponded to the NFC to make necessary arrangements to send the rice via air transport for distribution before the festive season. (PR)

Published: 08-09-2014 09:17

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