Distribution of ration taking placce in Sonamura sub-division along zero line in Tripura on Tuesday Credit: Facebook

Agartala: As soon as reports of a shortage of essential commodities in the bordering areas came to notice of the Tripura government, steps to distribute ration at the doorstep of those families living behind the fencing was taken, said food director Tapan Das.

Speaking at a press conference, Das said that the administration has taken initiatives to ensure that every single person receives food grains living on either side of the fence. The local administrations have been directed to ensure that the distribution to food grains in the bordering area is done properly.

Following lockdown and sealing of international border, over 3,000 Indian nationals living along ‘zero line’ in Tripura’s Sepahijala district have become dependent on Bangladesh for their survival

The fair price shop owners were instructed to distribute ration at the doorstep of those families living along zero line every week by the administration.

“Over 94% of free PDS rice distributed has been completed so far across the state which is a major record. Never in the past had that many people withdraw rations. Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Yojana is also benefitting the people across the state,” said Das.

He also said that those living behind the fence have been restricted from entering a certain point since they are close and exposed to the people of Bangladesh on the other side of the fence.

Speaking further about the problems being faced by the truck drivers on their way to other states like Meghalaya and Assam, Das said that the issue has been taken up with the respective states.

“We have taken up the matter with the state government and even in the ministry level video conference asking to solve the issue. However, passes for the essential services transporting truck have been provided so that they can move smoothly,” Das added.

Earlier, EastMojo reported how over 3,000 people were depending on the mercy of the Bangladesh government.

Over 3,000 Indian villagers, including senior citizens, children and women, far away along the international border, were surviving with the blessings of Bangladesh government with no cash left and rice stock for only two to three days available, residents of Kali Krishna Nagar village are fighting a different battle altogether while staying on the other side of the fence with very limited resources.

Giving details on the stock of essential commodities the officials said that at present the state has a stock of rice for 63 days, wheat 74 days, sugar for 12 days, salt for 15 days, masoor daal of 32 days and petrol 10 days, diesel 7 days and LPG is being delivered every day from Silchar and Bishalgarh.

The stock of essential commodities in the retail market for rice is of 15 days, atta 10 days, sugar 34 days, pulses for 12 days, onion 11 days and potato 19 days in the open market.

Now, as the distribution of food grains begin there is a sense of relief among people living behind the fence. However, so far the administration has failed to deliver 100% ration in the bordering area.

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