LETTERS: Food crisis in Karnali
No transportation, no electricity, no road, and what else is there that this region lacks in infrastructural development which initially reminds us when we think of the Karnali region.
Besides the region is secluded and politically excluded in many forms. Additionally, the recent food crises in Karnali is a major problem that should be dealt with from political as well as state level in eliminating the issue.
Food is a basic need that one should not be deprived of and, when the state fails to solve the problems, subsequently the right of people to access food is denied.
In reference to the news story “Government selling rice donated for quake victims” (THT, July 7, Page 5) it is irrational to sell the rice donated by Bangladesh and China for the quake victims, and it is unaccounted for.
The news story says that the government planned to distribute 3,400 metric tons of rice in the Karnali region. But no supplies have been made.
Geographical or infrastructural difficulties are the factors used as an excuse in delaying any development process or aid for development. Pitifully, the budget meant for Karnali development goes to people’s deep pocket.
Despite the transportation costs and geographical difficulties as the prime reasons for the delay of any projects, the question is whether the government is serious about the plights of the region plagued by food scarcity.
Food is a basic need which should be fulfilled by the government at any cost.
If road transport is not possible it can make arrangements to airlift it though it may cost more than when it is transported by road.
Sonam Choekyi Lama, Kathmandu
This is in reference to the news story “Slaughterhouses selling maggot-infested meat” (THT, July 9, Page 3).
The inspection of the slaughter houses showed that the city area’s slaughter houses are not hygienic.
This was seen not just in the slaughter houses but the unhygienic condition can easily be seen even in meat shops scattered in several parts of the Kathmandu Valley. The situation is not that much different outside the Valley as well.
The meat shops are seen to be kept on the dusty roadsides without proper sanitation. The meat itself is not safe for consumption as it does not meet the criteria set by the law enacted to ensure public health and hygiene.
It is high time that the concerned government bodies regularly inspected the slaughter houses and sweet shops so that the meat and sweet sellers sell only hygienic meat and sweet, the two items mostly consumed by people on special occasions, festivals and wedding parties.
However, there are hardly any meat shops that have been taken legal action against for flouting the rules. If meat and sweets are not kept in clean places and protected from dust and dirt they will cause serious health problems, and sometimes they may also cause the outbreak of epidemics.
The only way to ensure that the meat sellers sell healthy meat is to properly monitor them by the competent authorities on a regular basis.
Sabita Bhattarai, Kathmandu