Srinagar: Flood-hit food commodities worth nearly Rs 4 crore were destroyed after confiscation from 1165 establishments in Kashmir Valley, according to Drugs and Food Control Organization.
As per the compliance report filed by Deputy Controller D&FCO Nazir Ahmad Wani before the J&K High Court, the items were confiscated from October 21 to 31 in all the districts excluding Srinagar, the worst flood-hit district in Kashmir Valley.
Giving the break-up, Wani said the items worth Rs 25386350 have been destroyed in Anantnag, Rs 13459366 worth in Pulwama, Rs 3136 in Kulgam, Rs 8080 in Shopian, Rs 350000 in Ganderbal, Rs 24600 in Baramulla and Rs 7250 in Budgam.
At the same time, he said, 477 drug sale establishments were inspected by the department and confiscated medicine worth Rs 14895 from three dsitricts—Srinagar (worth Rs 9240), Anantnag (Rs 4775) and Baramulla (Rs 880).
“The confiscated drug items are lying with the inspectoral staff and shall be destroyed in due course of time,” Wani, who has filed the report on behalf of Commissioner Secretary Health Department and the Controller D&FCO, said.
The report reveals that 33 drug establishments including 24 in this summer capital of the state, six in Anantnag and three in Baramulla have been allowed to operate after verification of satisfactory compliance of their sanitary conditions as well as scrutiny of their inventory.
“The Department is still in the process of carrying out inspections of drug, food sale establishments in the flood hit areas including far flung areas to ensure that no medicines or food items touched by flood water is provided to the consumers,” Wani said.
Regarding Jammu, Wani said, no stock of drugs or food items rendered unfit for human consumption by floods have been found available in the market.
The report has been filed in compliance to the orders by the High Court, directing government to ensure that no food item touched by flood water as per the Advisory issued by the Health Department is put on sale.
The court had directed the Drug Controller to “swing into action” by confiscating and destroying such items.
This was ordered by the court to “so that the gullible public is not compelled to purchase the same and fall ill by its consumption.”
In the advisory issued by the Director Health Services, Kashmir, it has been said that people should avoid any food that has come in contact with flood water.