The food scarcity is likely to hit the states of Tripura, Mizoram, and South Assam due to the Food Corporation of India (FCI)’s alleged lack of urgency in addressing the issue of food shortage.
Floods and landslides triggered by continuous rainstorms led to the roads, and railway tracks, being washed away by flash floods at multiple locations in Assam and Meghalaya. Landslides in different locations in the Dima Hasao district disrupted road as well as rail connectivity.
According to a local of Cachar Assam, the FCI has not realized the emergency caused in South Assam and parts of Mizoram and Tripura. Steps for supplying food grains meant for poor beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) and the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) were not taken actively added the locals.
Surface links to south Assam’s Barak Valley and Dima Hasao district and neighboring Tripura and Mizoram remained cut off due to flash floods and landslides. This has caused an emergency in South Assam besides parts of Mizoram and Tripura, and there is an urgent need for food grains.
Due to the laid-back attitude of authorities of FCI, the South Assam as well as parts of neighboring Tripura and Mizoram would run out of basic food, said, locals.