Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The long wait of Tibetan refugees settled in Chandragiri area of Gajapati district has finally come to an end with the rehabilitated immigrants availing food grains and ration cards for the first time after 60 years of their settlement in the area.

Tibetan refugees living in Chandragiri, Jiranga and Labarsingh camps have reportedly been included in the State Food Security Act (SFSC). Earlier, certain allowances were being given to eligible refugees living in those three camps and now ration cards have been distributed among them.

As per reports, the State government approved the district administration’s proposal to cover the Tibetan settlers in Chandragiri under the State Food Security Act. Food grain along with the ration cards were distributed to the eligible candidates in the area by the district authorities in a phased manner.

“We have been living here for the last 60 years. We are so happy to get food grains and ration cards. We are thankful to the Odisha government for providing us free ration under the State Food Security Act,” said a Tibetan from Chandragiri.

“It will be greatly helpful for us to maintain our families. All the people who have been provided free food grains and ration cards are joyful,” he added.