People have been queuing up in large numbers in close quarters in the premises of Nepal Food Corporation's Martadi-based branch in Bajura, amid the in-place COVID-19 lockdown.

In wake of the looming second wave of the pandemic, Nepal government has been providing staple rice at a 20 percent discounted price, following which massive inflow of people flouting physical distancing protocols can be seen in the corporation's premises.

NFC branch Chief Meghraj Ojha shared that the locals have been appealed to maintain physical distancing while waiting in lines. "People arrive in huge numbers resultant to which it has been very difficult to manage the crowd," added Ojha.

Although the corporation has stated that police personnel have been mobilised to monitor the implementation of all health and safety measures, the ground reality is on the contrary, putting people at greater risk of contracting the infection due to overcrowding.