Bajura, Jan 26: Locals from the 11 VDCs at the northern area in Bajura district have no choice but to spend thousands more to buy 11 kg salt worth Rs 99, provided by the government in subsidized price.
The government has been providing 11 kg salt a month to each household in Rugin and Bichchhyaan villages of the district but locals have to walk some three days one way to reach the depot, spending around Rs 2,000 for the errand to and from the depot at Kolti.
Arjun Rokaya, a local from Bichchhayaan VDC, has recently availed the salt but after waiting in queue for the whole day at the depot. He reached the depot covering miles of journey from his home in northern area of the district.
Another local, Man Thapa from Bichchyaan-2, shared a similar story. He has come to run an errand of a week to Kolti depot just to buy the salt at subsidized price.
Others from Gottri, Sappata, Rugin, Jukot do share the same fate like Rokaya and Thapa when it comes to taking home this essential commodity.
The same commodity would cost Rs 35 in the retail market as against the Rs 9 per kg price offered by the government for people in these remote places.
Still, the errand costs way higher than the 2,300 kilogrammes of the commodity offered this year for the Kolti Depot, which, according to Dal Bahadur Rokaya of the Kolti depot, is still below the requirement.