Kandhamal Villagers Demand Road Access for PDS Benefits Amidst Government Neglect
Residents of Radhabali village in Kandhamal district, despite repeated pleas to the district administration, continue to face difficulties accessing their Public Distribution System (PDS) benefits due to the absence of a proper road. They must climb a hill regularly to collect foodgrains, sparking resentment among the villagers.
One villager questioned, “Despite 76 years of independence, are we not citizens of India?” The community has tirelessly requested road construction in their area, but their appeals have gone unanswered.
A woman from the village expressed the physical toll, saying, “It’s challenging to carry rice sacks up and down the hill with my children. We implore the government to consider our plea and build a road to alleviate our problems.”
Elderly villagers, some struggling to stand, also endure this ordeal to receive their five kg of rice through the PDS. They face numerous hardships due to the lack of a proper road.
In a strong statement, another woman declared, “If our demand for a road in our area remains unmet, we have decided to boycott the 2024 General election.” Unfortunately, the district administration has not provided any comments on this matter.