Jammu: A delegation of Kashmir CAPD Association, led by its President Ajaz Ahmad Khan, Tuesday met Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) Minister Choudhary Zulfkar Ali here.
The delegation apprised the Minister about the issues and problems faced by the people of Kashmir Valley. The meeting discussed various issues related, especially, to black-marketing of rations supplied by the government.
The delegation informed Ali about the shortage of LPG cylinders, kerosene, and other essential items in the Valley, stressing on the delay caused in supply of the items “due to the attitude of the concerned TSOs”.
It registered a protest against the rising prices of daily-use commodities, appealing the Minister to take “corrective steps” to check the problem. “There is a need to set up flying squads to check the rates charged by the traders as people are being fleeced by some traders who are inflating the prices of commodities,” Ali was told. Asking him to inspect the CAPD’s stores, the delegation appealed the Minister to take “strict action” against the officials “who let large quantities of rations to rot”.
Assuring action against the culprits, the Minister directed CAPD officials to supply rations and kerosene in time to people in Valley. He also directed the Director CAPD, Kashmir, to take “immediate steps” to fulfill the demands of the people.