‘Sour’ Sankranti for Kurnool
Chandranna Sankranti Gift Pack: ‘Sour’ Sankranti for Kurnool. “Chandranna Sankranti gift pack” to the poor seems to be in eclipse at least in Kurnool district. The TDP government has announced that six grocery items would be distributed to all white card-holders free to enable them to celebrate major festival, Sankranti, which is also called harvest festival.
- Govt promises distribution of six grocery items
- But in most places only a few provisions are distributed
- It triggers a bout of sparring between beneficiaries and fair shop dealers
Atmakur (Kurnool district): “Chandranna Sankranti gift pack” to the poor seems to be in eclipse at least in Kurnool district. The TDP government has announced that six grocery items would be distributed to all white card-holders free to enable them to celebrate major festival, Sankranti, which is also called harvest festival.
But the scheme has generated bad blood between fair price shop dealers and the white cardholders rather than putting a smile on the faces of beneficiaries. The reason for it is that the officials have failed to ensure delivery of complete pack of gifts consisting of ghee, jaggery, Bengal gram, palm oil, red gram and wheat flour.
The fair price dealers in Kurnool district have refused to distribute the “free gift pack” because of the failure on the part of the officials to ensure that the pack comprises all six items. The beneficiaries are getting steamed up and squabbling with the dealers for failing to deliver all the items in the pack.
The white cardholders have a sneaking suspicion that dealers could have “stolen some of the items in the pack.”
For this reason, the dealers have refused to take up the responsibility of distributing “free gift packs.”
As far as ghee is concerned, officials have estimated that not less than 103.828 metric tonnes is required in the district. But just 40.859 metric tonnes of ghee has so far been made available for distribution. Apart from it, none of the 185 fair shop dealers in Nallamala forest which forms part of Srisailam constituency have so far received a full complement of provisions. Only three items of groceries have so far been distributed to 82,000 white cardholders.
There are as many as 10, 36,007 white cards and 2,411 fair shops in Kurnool district. Only 1,454 of total shops have so far received a few provisions.
By M Satya Peter