FATORDA: Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai has written to the Chief Secretary regarding unavailability of rice at fair price shops in Fatorda.
Vijai said that it is deeply distressing to learn that despite the allocation order issued by the officiating Director of Civil Supplies, there continues to be significant delays in the arrival of stocks.
“I have been receiving complaints from my voters in Fatorda that the fair price shops there are shut due to unavailability of rice. Recent articles in local newspapers have highlighted the grave concern regarding the shortage of food grains in fair price shops across the state,” said Sardesai.
He further said that last month, the stocks arrived on the 13th of the month, and this month, as Diwali is less than a week away, there is still no sign of any fresh stocks.
“The consequences of this situation are far-reaching, affecting the lives of countless families who depend on these fair price shops to access essential food supplies,” he added.
Furthermore, Vijai said that it must be acknowledged that the delay in the delivery of food grains is not an isolated issue; it is symptomatic of larger challenges that need immediate attention.
“The news reports also shed light on the pending dues of fair price shop owners, amounting to nearly one crore rupees.These shop owners play a pivotal role in ensuring the efficient distribution of food grains to our citizens. However, their livelihoods are at stake due to the non-release of their commission,” he added.
Vijai in his letter has requested the CS to keep him informed about the progress made in resolving these issues by the end of this month.
“It is our collective responsibility to ensure that no citizen of Goa goes without food, or faces undue hardships due to systemic inefficiencies,” he added.
“Wee may find it necessary to organise public demonstrations to voice the concerns of the people who find themselves underprivileged and marginalised because of administrative incompetencies,” he added.