Varmul, Oct 9: The Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department ration stores at many places in Kandi-Narvawh area of Varmul have completely run dry and people are forced to buy rice, sugar and flour from the market, despite a storekeeper at Galibal allegedly having taken advance amount from the consumers.
"The stores numbering two are virtually empty," said a Kawhar villager, Nowshad Ahmad Famda.
Depots at Kawhar, Balla, Kawhar Payan, Kalaban, Galibal, Heevan and Katinwali are without rations for the past three of months.
Residents alleged the storekeeper of Galibal ration depot took advance money to provide them their quota under Indira Avas Yojana but he has not shown up ever since. They said they would protest against the authorities if they were not provided with the ration.
Taking advantage of the crises, the Katinwali shopkeepers have been selling sugar at Rs 40 a kg. "We can't afford to buy essentials at exorbitant prices," said a local Farooq Ahmad Chachi.
"The district office tells that the supplies would come shortly every time I go there," said a Narwah storekeeper who wished not to be named. "People blame us of indulging in black marketing but the reality is there're no supplies at all."
The residents of Heevan said that shopkeepers loot them by charging huge amount on sugar, rice and flour. "We're not in a position to buy things at higher rates and the department is maintaining a criminal silence," said a local Abdul Hamid.
When contacted, the director CAPD, Me'raj-ud-Din Kinoo, refuted the allegations of ration stores running dry.