In Pagar pahar and surrounding villages of Sahabganj District Jharkhand, more than 450 families belonging to the Pahadiya Jaati tribe, do not have access to rations at a subsidized rate. The problem continues for more than fourteen months now. The Public distribution system is clearly a failure here. One of the primary responsibilities of the Food and Civil Supplies on the Public Distribution System is "to ensure availability of essential commodities at a reasonable price to all sections of the people, particularly to the vulnerable sections of the society, throughout the year"
Gadrai Paharia and his family, who are small farmers and depend on forest produce for their livelihood, buy rice at prices that are not at all affordable to them. This takes a heavy toll on their living expenses and daily sustenance.
Our Correspondent Paul Malto, who belongs to Sahabganj, considered to be one of the country's 250 most backward districts, highlights the lack of access to affordable food for the families in his village and demands that the benefits due to them be given to them without any further delay.
If not for the intervention by our community correspondent, the poor villagers would have continued paying taxes for a land they didn't own.
Millions of lives were directly dependent on the once flourishing Apple farming industry of Kashmir.