Bajura, March 30
Initiatives have been taken to establish food depot in the far-flung Himali Rural Municipality in Bajura.
District Food Management Committee, Bajura, held a meeting on Saturday and decided to request the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies and Nepal Food Corporation, Dhangadi to establish the food selling centre at Bichhayan.
Chief District Officer Chet Raj Baral, who is also the District Food Management Committee chair, said they had sent the letter to the ministry to establish the food depot at Ward No 1 of Bichhayan. He said the place was suitable for the locals of Himali Rural Municipality Ward No 1, 2 and 3.
Locals have to spend three to four days to reach the headquarters from the rural municipality that has no access to transportation facility. The villagers of the rural municipality have been reeling under acute shortage of food owing to lack of transport facilities.
Chair of the rural municipality Govinda Bahadur Malla said the rural municipality had been requesting the province and the central government to establish food depot at Bichhayan. Malla said the area was far from the headquarters and geographically backward. Around 4,000 households reside in Ward No 1, 2, and 3.
Locals have to spend two days to reach the present food depot at Kawadi. Ward No-5 Chair Amma Lal Karki said the people at the rural municipality had been facing food crisis after contractors did not supply the food materials at Kawadi depot on time. He said the locals had been facing the acute shortage of food for the past one month.
A version of this article appears in print on March 31, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.