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Bajura villagers face acute shortage of food items

Himalayan News Service

Bajura, August 28

Locals at Gotri and other VDCs of Bajura have been facing acute shortage of food, as the allocated food items to be supplied at Kolti Depot have been stranded on the way for the last few months.

Defying the agreement, the contractors have abandoned 699 quintal rice which was to be supplied to Kolti Depot by mid-July. Instead of taking the rice to Kolti Depot, they supplied it to Martadi, Dhamkane and Pandusain. As many as 15 sacks of rice have been left stranded for the last six months at Dhamkane-based hotel belonging to Lokendra Rokaya. He said no one had come to take stock of the rice till date.

Earlier, the corporation had allocated 10,430 quintal rice to Koliti Depot in the last fiscal. Binod Construction had received the contract to supply the rice to Kolti Depot for Rs 1,484 per quintal, but it failed to do so.

Assistant Chief of Zonal Office Rana Bahadur Aire said, “The contractor company is yet to supply 699 quintal rice at the depot though their contract expired over a month ago.” He added that the company was trying to extend the contract period.
Corporation Martadi branch assistant Chief Mekhraj Ojha said the supply of rice had been delayed due to severe negligence on the part of the contractor company.

The corporation staff said the allocated food items had reached everywhere in the stipulated time, except Kolti and Kawadi. Krishna Datta Awasthi of Kolti Depot said the contractor would be compensated for the negligence as per the rule.

Harka Shah of Binod Construction said the problems had occurred after 250 quintal rice got ruined due to rainwater at Tipada Godown some three months ago while Bajura road section was obstructed with the onset of monsoon.

He said his company had extended its contract to supply the remaining stock of rice at the allocated depot within two months.
The contractor company is suspected to have been involved in irregularities while supplying the food items to various destinations.
The District Administration Office has recommended to take action against Krishna Khatri of Binod Construction.

A version of this article appears in print on August 29, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.

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