Jagatsinghpur, May 10 (LocalWire): Several blocks of Jagatsinghpur is still reeling under the cyclone-effect despite frequent review meetings by the district administration and the state government.
There is no sign of any improvement in the situation even after seven days and people are struggling to get relief materials, drinking water and electricity in different areas of Jagatsinghpur district.
Government officials or the health team have not yet reached the rural areas of this district and there is a shortage of man power in electricity, rural water supply and sanitation departments.
Electricity is yet to be supplied to the blocks in Jagatsinghpur.
There is no improvement in the distribution of relief materials and essential commodities since PDS dealers are harassing the affected people.
Realizing the pathetic condition of people, chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi interacted with district officials and reviewed the situation of cyclone-affected people yesterday.
He directed the district administration to take immediate steps and supply 5 kg rice and Rs 500 to each PDS card holder and stressed that electricity be restored in each block headquarter by 12 May and to each panchayat within a week.
In the review meeting, it was found that 6000 electric poles under Jagatsinghpur electricity division and 1800 under Paradip division were damaged and nearly 15 junior engineers and 30 gangmen are required to set things right.
Padhi assured to provide manpower and equipment as soon as possible. Out of 255 pipe water schemes, 138 pipe water projects are functioning while the rest will be operating soon, he said.
In rural areas, there is no supply of rice and kerosene under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) worsening the situation even though the civil supplies department has directed PDS dealers to supply 5 kg rice to each card holder free of cost.
‘Violating NFSA in Dhinkia panchyat, local dealers are supplying less quantity of rice and not giving kerosene to PDS consumers but supplying them to open market,’ Panchayat samiti member, Dhinkia Debendra Swain alleged.
Irate people of Khurant under Kunjkothi panchayat locked the PDS retailer’s shop protesting less quantity of essential commodities like rice and kerosene.
PDS card holders Ranjit Majhi, Badu Samant, Mukunda Samant , Manua Jena and others hailing from Khurant alleged that people have not only received less quantity of rice but many poor people have not received rice and kerosene and are forced to purchase kerosene from the market on higher rate.