New Delhi, Oct 5: Around 400 families in Byas valley of Dharchula are dependent on China for essential food items including salt, cooking oil, rice and wheat, which are reaching them via Nepal.
Bundi, Gunji, Kuti, Napalchu, Nabhi, Garbyang and Ronkong are the seven villages, which buy the basic necessities from China.
The villagers allege that the ration quota provided by the Uttarakhand government is not adequate.
The locals have been seeking extra ration from the government, saying they are living like “orphans” in their own country.
“We are living as orphans in our own country although we are situated in an important border area with two neighbouring countries,” the Times of India said quoting a villager.
Besides this, the residents also said that a road near the Lipulekh pass, which connects the villages to district was blocked for several months, due to which the rations supplied by the state government have not been able to reach them on time.
“The government provides only 2 kilo rice and 5 kilo wheat per family under the public distribution system (PDS) which is not sufficient for us. We are often forced to purchase daily goods from Tinkar and Changru villages of Nepal, whose residents source these items from the Taklakot bazaar in China,” another resident said.