Pithoragarh, September 30
Students of Primary School and Junior High School in Namik village, Munsiyari subdivision, received their midday meal after a gap of one month yesterday. The reason: the trek route to the village had been closed since September 1 due to heavy rain and landslides at eight places on the route and was reopened yesterday only.
In the absence of any other route to the village, ration could not be transported to the area. Namik village is one of the high-altitude villages in Munsiyari subdivision.
Tulsi Devi, Gram Pradhan of the village, said the midday meal was prepared in the schools yesterday after a gap of one month.
She said the route was reopened after District Magistrate CMS Bisht ordered Munsiyari block officials to expedite the work to clear the route by deploying labourers under the MGNREGA scheme.
"The labourers deployed under the scheme cleared the 28-km route to the village, thus paving the way for the supply of ration for the midday meal," she said.
Mahendra Singh Airi, district supply officer, Pithoragarh, said: "Five quintals of rice, wheat and sugar were sent to the village after the route reopened yesterday. The remaining ration will soon be sent."
Airi said as snowfall in the coming months could again block the route, the department concern would sent ration in advance to the village. A temporary godown had been set up in the village for the purpose, he said.

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