Fair Price shops remained shut in Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Most Fair Price shops set up by the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution department were shut for more than a week ever since the flood hit Kashmir Valley even in the areas that had not come under water.
Locals in many areas here told Kashmir Reader that the Fair Price shops should have taken the responsibility of providing rice and flour to the victims.
Ashiq Ahmad, a resident of Hafiz Bagh here, said the Fair Price Shop in his area was closed immediately after the floods.
“We have not got the ration for September, and there is least hope that we will get as the shop has not opened since the last Sunday,” he said.
A rush of people could be seen outside the fair Price shops that have resumed operations since Wednesday. At Moulvi Stop here, for instance, scores of consumers were waiting in a long queue for almost the whole day to get their quota of rice. And similar scenes were seen at Fair Shop in several adjoining areas of the city.
The government has engaged police in distribution of relief in several areas.
“I saw people waiting outside Police station Zadibal to get some relief material. It could have been done through Fair Price shops,” said Mir Taha, a local from Zadibal.