Correspondent

KORAPUT: Government schemes aimed at supporting poor families in tribal-dominated districts fail to deliver in Koraput district.

The Emergency Feeding Programme that provides rice to families to avert starvation has received a serious setback with the administration not having enough stock of rice.

According to DSWO Durga Prasad Mahapatra, the shortage is caused due to delay in adjustments between the Food Corporation of India (FCI) and the administration.

The State government charges 4 per cent VAT on rice received by the FCI from the Centre.

To meet the expense, the FCI has asked the district administration to pay the additional tax imposed by the State. In the absence of any allotment from the government, the district administration has not been able to pay the amount to the FCI for the last six months, leading to shortage in stock, say official sources.

Rain adds to misery

Lack of jobs in rural areas due to severe rain has only added to the misery of people who are desperately in need of emergency aid.

With the government not allocating adequate funds for the last five years under the National Family Benefit Scheme, some 3,200 families are yet to receive help, the sources reveal.

Under the scheme, the family of the person who dies a natural death gets Rs.10,000 as immediate support from the State government.