Jagatsinghpur, May 12 (LocalWire) : The free kitchen and distress aid, promised by the state government to the cyclone affected people of Jagatsinghpur district was not implemented even after a week of the cyclone lashing the state due to the negligence and callous attitude of officials.
People took to the streets to protest the non-implementation of not only the free kitchen but the non distribution of free rice. The poor are unable to buy kerosene at the rate of Rs 34 per litre
Several people in the cyclone shelters who have lost everything in the cyclone, are spending their days without food or relief since free kitchen stopped in the shelters after two days of the cyclone at Raghunathpur block.
The BDO, without conducting any inquiry submitted the report to the administration that all the affected people who took shelter in relief camps have returned to their houses so there is no necessary to supply free kitchen, following which the administration stopped supply of food and relief.
A woman who is had taken shelter in the relief camp said, ‘I am handicapped and my mother is old.Our mud house has caved in so it is very difficult to stay there.
We took shelter in this primary school since ten days.
The administration and block officials are callous towards our plight in which we are struggling to get free kitchen, free rice, cash and other benefits.’
Former sarpanch of Radhang panchyat Devi Prasad Moharana alleged, ‘there are irregularities in distribution of relief materials in which many poverty stricken peoe have been deprived to of relief materials whereas the rich are getting relief materials.
We have sought the intervention of tahsildar, Raghunathpur and highlighted the plight. The tahsildar, Debasish Panda conducted an inquiry and gave Rs 1000 to cyclone victims from his own pocket’.
Besides this, cyclone affected poor people Abhiram Bhoi, Madhusudan Das, Manas Kumar Mallick, Bijay Bhoi and others hailing from Sareikula under Sikhar panchyat are living in pathetic condition because their houses have been completely damaged.
After end of cyclone, affected people who returned to their house from cyclone shelters are living in pathetic condition because they are yet to receive house damage assistance, polythene, rice, kerosene and other materials due to negligence and callous attitude of officials.
There are 231564 ration card holders of this district while 184900 card holders have received free rice while cash Rs 500 to 152776 card holders till yesterday.