BONGAIGAON, April 15 - Residents of Bongaigaon district are struggling to get fruits required for patients, elders and children in their homes since the nationwide lockdown was enforced.
Though the district administration has managed to provide vegetables to the residents of all the 25 wards of the Bongaigaon municipality area here through authorised vendors but it has allegedly failed to initiate the supply of fruits in the same capacity in the district.
Deputy commissioner Dr MS Lakshmi Priya when asked by this correspondent about steps taken on supply of fruits to local residents, she said the district Agriculture department has been assigned to look after the matter related to supply of fruits in the district.
But district Agriculture officials said that they have no authority to do anything on supply of fruits in the district. This responsibility has been entrusted to the civil administration, they said.
Some traders have managed to bring fruits from Siliguri in West Bengal to Barpeta by trucks. But in Bongaigaon the local residents are still facing the crisis of fruits.
Some local fruit traders had approached the administration but they were denied permission to import and sell fruits in the district during the ongoing lockdown period, traders said.