DIPHU, April 13 - Distribution of food and other essentials among the people stuck inside their homes is continuing throughout the district. Student organisations, NGOs, government employees, police, CRPF, religious institutions, village and ward committees are continuing the distribution of aid at their personal levels.
Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council�s Executive Member Amarsing Tisso distributed essential food items among hundreds of needy families in remote areas spread across the Singhason hill tracts and the Dhansiri locality. The families were provided rice, pulses, salt and mustard oil. Tisso later told media persons that he would continue the distribution of essential items as long as the calamity continues.
Amid the excellent achievement of the government and the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council in tackling the pandemic, worrying information has reached from an isolated area within Dillai police station of Karbi Anglong district, where people of Upper Dikrong village have alleged that they have not received any relief material to support their lives till now.
Upper Dikrong is an area where almost all families depend on selling the locally available coriander and herbs and working as manual labour for their livelihood. Due to the lockdown, they cannot sell vegetables or risk going out for wage earning. Reportedly, the people of the whole area are under severe distress due to scarcity of food.
Village headman Kamal Engti told local media persons, �A few families who possess BPL or ration cards have received some food items from the government. However, as the maximum number of families don�t have ration cards, so they have been denied food items.� He informed that 21 out of 37 households of Kathar Engti village, 22 out of 26 houses from Kania Terang village, 15 out of 26 houses of Monsing Teron village, 6 out of 15 houses of Hemari Engti village and 25 out of 45 families from Niling Sangma village do not have ration cards.
�We have been feeding our family by selling wood and vegetables. We earn so little that we cannot think of saving any money. We are now really in deep trouble.� He mentioned that they have applied for the ration cards but have not received those till now.
Meanwhile, the �could not care less� attitude of a section of people venturing into market areas in all types of vehicles, defying all restrictions imposed by the authority is giving a tough time to the police and the district administration in enforcing the lockdown in urban areas of the district.
A good number of people were seen loitering around the streets and social distancing was sent for a six by commuters on the roads, grocery stores and petrol pumps on Saturday.