Contrary to the state government's claims regarding supply of foodgrains through the public distribution system (PDS) under the Food Security Act, most of the families of Thach village in Kullu district are not receiving any benefits.
The "angry" families have alleged that they have been running from "pillar to post, seeking action against the depot holder, panchyat pradhan and a civil supplies official".
One of the beneficiaries, shepherd Lal Chand, said ration had not been received from the depot under the PDS since August last year.
He said an FIR was registered at the Sadar police station in Kullu on October 1 last year after court intervention against the district food supply controller, panchyat pradhan and PDS depot holder. However, no action had been taken so far, he alleged.
In the FIR, it was charged that the accused had entered into a criminal conspiracy, thus denying the essential commodities' supply to villagers.
Lal Chand said his wife had approached the Kullu deputy commissioner in this regard in September. The DC had directed the DFSC to look into the matter, he added.
Heera Devi, another village resident, said they had also petitioned chief minister Virbhadra Singh and MP Pratibha Singh on the issue, but got no relief.
Food and civil supplies minister GS Bali assured that disciplinary action would be taken against the depot holder for denying ration to villagers.