With supplies cut off, Uttarakhand village scrapes by on rice, potatoes

Vastavam web: Residents of a remote village in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district have been forced to survive only on home-grown potatoes and rice for the last two months after a crucial connecting road got damaged in heavy showers, hitting the supply of essentials. The locals of Golpha village are mulling an agitation demanding restoration of the 10-km stretch between Golpha and Madkot, from where they received essential supplies earlier. Located in the newly-constituted Bangapani sub-division near the Indo-China border, Golpha has not received PDS supplies since July when the route got damaged in heavy showers. “We are being compelled to start an agitation and sit on Dharna at the sub-divisional headquarters, as our children have not tasted roti and salt since two months. We are surviving only on homegrown potatoes and rice as no supply of essentials like wheat, salt or onion, are reaching the village due to the road blockage,” Digar Singh Pharswan, a villager said.