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PDS outlet closed since eight months to open in Ghorabandha

Mail News Service

Jamshedpur, Jan 14: The PDS outlet in Ghorabandha that used to supply rationed goods to 650 ration card holders, had been shut for eight months but ultimately, they have cause to smile as BJP leader Ankit Anand took up their cause and put the matter up to the district administration.

Following the directives of East Singhbhum Deputy Commissioner, Suraj Kumar, the rationing department completed the formalities of selection and licensing of a new distributor in the month of October but due to unknown reasons, the new distributor selected had agreed to open shop in the New Year.

The Food Supplies Department selected Ghorabandha resident Abhimanyu Kumar Singh as distributor and issued license and no-objection certificate in his name. The new PDS outlet will be inaugurated on January 16. The reopening of the ration store will be a big relief to the beneficiaries of East, North and West Ghorabandha, who had no other alternative but to go to Lupungdih village, several kilometers away, to get their rations.

It may be mentioned that the previous PDS shopkeeper, Shyam Singh died and since then, the government ration store was closed. Despite tendering an application there was delay in selection of new distributor. Taking up this matter on October 12, BJP leader Ankit Anand had written a letter to the Deputy Commissioner, DSO and SOR urging for immediate intervention in this matter.

The effect of Ankit Anand’s tweet and letter was that the senior officials took the matter seriously. DC Suraj Kumar had instructed the top officials of the Food Supply Department to execute this matter on priority.

Shyam Singh’s death, the cards of more than 650 ration beneficiaries who were residents of Ghorabandha, were transferred to the ration distributor of remote Lupungdih village. Due to the distance, the ration card holders of Ghorabandha were facing severe problems.

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