NFSA implementation triggers protest, shutdown in Uri

BARAMULLA: The people of border town Uri here in Baramulla district on Thursday staged a protest and observed complete shutdown against the implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA) in the state.
A large number of people of Uri, Salamabad, Gawalta, Mambla, Garkote, Chandenwari, Boniyar, Mohra, and its adjourning areas on Thursday assembled at main market in Uri and staged a protest and demanded rollback of NFSA immediately.
The protesters said almost all the people living in border town are depending on ration stores of CAPD department as there are no paddy lands in the area. They said the rice given under present act is not going to suffice their needs.
“If the government will implement such act in the area, thousands of people will die,” Raja Nadeem Abasi, a protester said, adding: “We will not allow anyone to implement such kind of act here.”
Another protester, Ghulam Ahmad said the Uri town is covered with Pir Panchal mountain ranges and all the plains are under army occupation. “There is no land available for any kind of crops as the plains are under army occupation. The government should rollback the act from the state,” he said.
Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed in the town on Thursday. All shops and other business establishments, tuition centers and private offices remained closed while public transport was completely off the roads.
The protesters also blocked the Srinagar Muzaffarabad road in main market Uri for hours, but they later dispersed peacefully.
Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CA&PD) had on Wednesday clarified that the National Food Security Act (NFSA) will fulfill the basic food requirements in the state.
The department has already announced that entire Baramulla district, including Uri, will not be covered under the NFSA and people will get the ration as per old dispensation this month.