According to the sources, the people in remote villages of Manang have stopped buying subsidized rice from Nepal Food Corporation (NFC) as it has been observed that the NFC has time and again sold them substandard and even rotten rice. It has been reported that the villagers no longer wish to rely on the state-run food agency. According to a villager Laxmi Gurung of Chame ,that she has stopped buying from the NFC depot because it has sold her low quality rice many times and we could not go on eating the corporation’s rice. Further, another villager Karma Jhamyang Lama of Nar village shared a similar view regarding NFC’s subsidized rice. It has also been revealed by Karma and his neighbour they get their rice from Beshisahar these days and it was added that we cannot spend our money for damaged rice.
Furthermore, in this matter, it has also been narrated that the NFC’s Chame depot still has 915 quintals of rice that it bought last year. The Humde depot has 564 quintals in its stock. However, Mr Ramchandra Khanal, chief of the NFC’s Chame depot, has denied the locals’ claim of selling substandard rice. It was informed that there were some days when we had to sell the rice soaked by rainwater that had leaked from the warehouse roof, but we never sold substandard rice. In view of this, Mr Khanal believes the decline in the number of people buying subsidised rice is more to do with the opening of the Chame-Upper Manang road. The villagers can now transport the rice from Beshisahar and other places and revealed that they have already fixed the problem of leaky roof too.