The ration card holders of Padu village in Upper Siang District have raised serious concerns regarding the distribution of rice in their area. They alleged that despite being listed as beneficiaries, their shares of rations were distributed to new cardholders who were not officially recorded in the government’s portal. Led by Sor Perme Tayeng, the Gram Chairperson of Padu Upper, they have demanded strict action against officials involved, including CO Mariyang Mopom and DFCSO.
Furthermore, they highlighted instances where individuals improperly classified as Above Poverty Line (APL) were included under BPL categories to benefit from welfare schemes. The villagers expressed frustration over their repeated attempts to rectify the situation and called for immediate intervention from higher authorities, including Chief Minister Pema Khandu.
Instances of theft, including the burglary of the FPS store and unauthorised distribution of rations, have exacerbated the situation. Despite previous complaints, the villagers emphasised the need for a thorough investigation and urged for the suspension of involved officials.
Responding to the issue, Hage Lailang, Deputy Commissioner of Upper Siang District, assured that the matter would be looked into, while Naku Siram, the officer in charge of DFCSO Yingkiong, pledged corrective measures where possible. The villagers have appealed for a fair investigation, suspension of involved officials, and adherence to proper procedures in ration distribution to address the longstanding issues faced by Padu village.
(Story contributed by Maksam Tayeng)