SHILLONG, May 4: Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and reports of shortage of essential commodities especially rice in rural areas of the State, traditional heads under Pynursla Civil Sub-Division has said that people there are not facing such a situation.
Teiborlang Wankhar, Sordar of Massar village under Pynursla Civil-Sub Division said, “We appreciate the steps taken by the government for providing essential items for people living in the rural areas.”
The Rangbah Shnong of Lapalang, G Marsynting said that the government has done a good job by imposing a lockdown to curb the spread of the virus in the State.
“Yes we are concern over the loss of livelihood but life is more important,” he said.
The Rangbah Shnong also said that the lockdown has affected the citizens in the form of essential commodities.
He said that in the beginning when the lockdown started people hoarded essential commodities there leading to shortages of food in the market.
“To make sure that people from rural areas do not rush to Shillong to by essential commodities we would like to suggested the government that such items to transported to the various block headquarters,” he said.
He also said that the traditional heads have received directions from the district administration to help and to ensure that no family are deprived of food during the lockdown.
The traditional heads of the area also raised concern about the issue of people who do not possess ration cards.
According to them the district administration has asked to provide them with a list of such people but nothing has been done till date.
Meanwhile, the Sub Divisional Officer (SDO) of Pynursla Civil Sub-Division, D Hynniewta said that there was no delay on the part of the administration but the ration cards are provided based on the Socio-Economic Caste Census-2011.
“Yes it has come to light that many household do not possess ration cards. However this time around when we asked to collect data of such households it was only to gather statistics. One can’t say that we have not done anything. All I want to say that it is being processed we will see what can be done (for such families),” Hynniewta said.
He added that the Socio-Economic Caste Census was to start but due to the COVID-19 pandemic it could not be begin.
The SDO said that the list have to be sent to Delhi and it cannot be approved at the local level.
He informed that 4940 households including Laitkroh block under Pynursla Civil Sub-Division do not possess ration cards.
Hynniewta said that under AAY there are 2419 households, 3702 under PHH and 9543 households under Non NFSA.