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Rajasthan: New ration cards in hand, but no free PDS food packets for Sahariya tribals

Sahariya tribes people who have been issued new ration cards in a number of villages in Rajasthan’s Baran, say they are not getting free food packets distributed through the public distribution system

jaipur Updated: Jan 30, 2018 22:40 IST
Aabshar H Quazi
Aabshar H Quazi
Hindustan Times, Kota
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A Sahariya tribal village in Rajasthan’s Baran district .(HT File Photo. )

Sahariya tribes people who have been issued new ration cards in a number of villages in Rajasthan’s Baran, say they are not getting free food packets distributed through the public distribution system.

Shivcharan Sahariya (35) of Bakanpura gram panchayat in Kishanganj block of the district was issued a new ration card a couple of years back after living separately from his family members but he is still to get the free food packet of pulses, oil, ghee and wheat that is distributed the Sahariya tribes people.

Not just Shivcharan but more than 200 Sahariya tribes people of the village too are facing similar problems.

The state government provides each Sahariya tribes people 5 kg of wheat, 500 ml of cooking oil, 250 gm of ghee and 500 gm of pulses whose names is entered in the family’s ration card.

There are more than 30,000 Sahariya families with a total population of more than a lakh of tribes people in the district.

Yogendra Sahariya (40) of Bakanpura said while the Sahariya tribes people of other gram panchayats have ration cards and get free food packets but the “step-motherly treatment” is being meted out to villagers in Bakanpura.

“We have complained to the dealer a number of times about not providing food packets to us but the dealer is not listening to us,” he said.

Sahariya tribes people of Garda Thakur baba colony in Kishanganj also have similar complaint.

Hemraj Sahariya (50, a resident of the colony, said: “We have 40 Sahariya families in the village who were issued new ration cards three years back but they are not getting the free food packets.”

Vishnu Sahariya (45), a resident of Heerapur village also said villagers with new ration cards were not getting the government largesse.

Feroz Khan, a social activist working with Sahariya tribes people, said there are a number of villages in the district where tribes people holding new ration cards, are not getting the free food packets that are meant to check malnutrition among tribes people and ensure they get a nourishing food.

Asked about the anomaly, Baran district civil supply officer Harlal Meena said there are more than 30,000 Sahariya tribes people who hold ration cards in the district out of which only 8,000 have been issued new ration cards in the last the years.

“Since the state government has sanctioned for providing free food packets for only the old ration card holders, only 22,000 old card holders are getting free food packets.

“Now the state government has sanctioned to distribute of free food packets for the 8,000 new ration card holders, tribes people with new cards will also get free food packets from next month,” he said.

First Published: Jan 30, 2018 21:49 IST