News No. 57/2013, Saturday, June 08, 2013
PEOPLES in four Wards under remote Dumdumya Union in Jurachari Upazila of Rangamati district are facing food shortages as more than two thousand families are living with little or no food, reports Prothom Alo, a Bengali daily published from Dhaka.
The local Union Council chairman on Thursday sent a letter to the Deputy Commissioner of the district through Upazila Nirbahi (Executive) Officer about the matter.
Dumdumya Union Council chairman Tarun Moni Chakma said, “The crisis-hit Wards of Dumdumya Union are located 150 kilometers from Rangamati and 100 kilometers from Jurachari Upazila headquarters. As food production from Jum cultivation continues to decrease (each year) in these inaccessible areas, people fail to harvest enough food to last a year.”
He added: “And food shortages become more acute in the Bengali month of Sharabon (July-August) than in Boishakh (April-May) of the year because transportation charges go up during this season as a result of a decrease in the level of Kaptai Lake water.”
Ram Lal Tanchangya, a resident of Baluchara village, said the last few years had seen a decrease in food production in Jum cultivation, resulting in food shortages in the area.
Jurachari Upazila Council chairman Prabartak Chakma said, “Many have talked to me about food shortages. I have reported the matter to the higher authority.”
Mohammed Saiful Islam, Upazila Nirbahi Offier of Juarachari, acknowledged that he had received a letter from Dumdumya Union Council chairman regarding the food crisis in the area.
“The chairman in his letter has appealed for the introduction of a special VGF (Vulnerable Group Feeding) programme in the area. The issue will be reported to the Deputy Commissioner.” he said.
The Deputy Commissioner, Mostafa Kamal, said he had not yet received the letter.
He said there was enough food reserve in the district and added, “We have made preparations to meet any food shortages. If there is any problem in transportation, our administration will overcome it too.”