Tribal villagers trek 5km for ration in Tamil Nadu, seek PDS shop

The lack of bus services to the village compounds the problems of the people as they have to walk or use two-wheelers to reach the PDS shop in Anchetti every month.

Published: 14th September 2023 08:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th September 2023 08:29 AM   |  A+A-

cardholders,PDS shop

For representational purposes

Express News Service

KRISHNAGIRI:  Around 170 families in Kadakanatham, a hilly village in Anchetti, are forced to trek for five km to purchase rations as the area does not have a designated/part-time PDS shop. The lack of bus services to the village compounds the problems of the people as they have to walk or use two-wheelers to reach the PDS shop in Anchetti every month and return with about 30 kg of commodities.

V Salammal (28), a resident of Kadakanatham, said, “ We gave a petition to revenue department officials at the recent grama sabha meeting seeking a part-time PDS shop. I came to this village seven years ago when I got married. Ever since it has been very difficult for me to go to the ration shop in Anchetti. Only a few people own two-wheelers and mostly women go to the PDS shop as men go away for work. We carry about 30 kg of commodities, including rice, on our heads.  If we have luck, someone passing through our village will take us in their vehicle or we have to walk up the hill for six kilometres.”

Another villager K Madhesh (52) said they could arrange a building to open a part-time ration shop in the village, but officials were not ready to fulfil their long pending demand. After being contacted, Anchetti taluk supply officer R Balakrishnan visited the village along with TNIE on Tuesday evening and held inquiries with the people. He added that within a month a proposal will be sent to the district supply officer to open a part-time ration shop.

Staff in Manjukondapalli and Urigam panchayat office said two proposals were sent to the district administration seeking permission to open part-time ration shop in the area. According to sources, a proposal for a new part-time ration shop at Gesthur in Manjukondapalli panchayat was sent two months ago after people complained that they had traveled more than three kilometres to the PDS shop in Manjukondapalli.

Also, another proposal for a part-time ration shop at Kovalli village bifurcating from the Urigam full-time ration shop was demanded by villagers for many years. Both proposals are allegedly pending at the Co-operative society. A panchayat-level staff said a new part-time ration shop for Kovalli is not possible, because two shops are functioning in the panchayat.

When contacted Joint Registrar of Co-operative, M Ekambaram, said, “A ration shop at Anchetti is under the control of Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation, so Anchetti Taluk Supply Officer should send a report to District Supply Officer for the need of part-time ration shop at Kadakanatham village, and i will check other two proposals. About 75 part-time ration shops have been opened in Krishnagiri in the past two years.”

Follow The New Indian Express channel on WhatsApp


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp