SRINAGAR: The Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) department this year will be dispatching 34,000 truckloads of essential commodities to build up stocks in Ladakh region.
This was disclosed during a meeting held by Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs, Abdul Rahim Rather with the CAPD officials confirming that the GoI has approved additional quota of food grains as demanded by the state government so there would be no crisis on account of ration .
Rather urged for early stoking of requisite supplies, asking for coordinated efforts between the concerned departments and Border Roads Organization to build up stocks of essential commodities, food grains, petroleum products and key building materials in Ladakh region as per the realistic requirements projected by the concerned District Development Commissioners of the twin snow bound districts of Leh and Kargil.
“In view of the prevailing weather forecast surprises and forthcoming Assembly Elections, should complete dumping of stocks essentially during the three months of June, July and August this year,” Rather said.
The Secretary CAPD department said that SRTC has set aside required number of trucks at the disposal of the department to ferry 34,000 truckloads of food grains with 92 trucks already been dispatched.
Rather asked the Deputy Commissioners of Leh and Kargil Districts to contact Administrative Secretaries directly in case of any bottlenecks in smooth winter-stocking, adding that the concerned heads of the department should also approach Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir to remove any difficulty coming in the way of implementing winter-stocking plan on the ground. He directed to speed up dispatch of consignments to the region from next month.
Rather asked the concerned departments to put in place adequate number of Weight Bridges at Sonamarg to evade avoidable traffic jams adding that management of Weight Bridges should be the sole responsibility of Motor Vehicles department.
He asked the transport department to keep adequate number of trucks available at ferry targeted quota of food grains, petroleum products and key construction materials up to Leh and Kargil districts without any difficulty and delay.
The finance minister also asked the Deputy Commissioners of Leh and Kargil to clear outstanding liabilities of the J&K SRTC on account of hiring of trucks from it.
The meeting was informed that CAPD department has fixed a target to stock 86,200 Qtls of Atta and 12,060 Qtls of Sugar, whereas FCI will stock 1,00,000 Qtls of Rice in Kargil District during 2014-15.
The FCI will dump 1,30,000 Qtls of Rice and 1,10,000 Qtls of Wheat in Leh, whereas, CAPD has a target to stock 95,000 Qtls in the Leh District.
Rather said that the Ladakh region remains land locked for about six months and the inhabitants of this region deserve special attention of the government to redress their grievances on priority.
Minister for Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies, Nawang Rigzin Jora, Member Parliament, Leh – Kargil Constituency, Thupstan Chwang, Minister of State for Science & Technology, Feroz Ahmad Khan and Chairman, Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Rigzin Sapalbar also attended the meeting.
Among others Administrative Secretaries of Forest, CAPD, Transport and Ladakh Affairs, IGP Traffic Kashmir, Transport Commissioner, District Development Commissioner Leh, heads of various departments and Public Sector Undertakings and representatives of Army and various oil companies also attended the meeting.