SRINAGAR: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) Choudhary Zulfkar Ali on Thursday asked concerned agencies to ensure sufficient stock of essential supplies in Kashmir division.
Speaking during a review meeting of the department, the minister said that services provided by the FCS&CA fall under essential services category, therefore, it is imperative for employees and all concerned agencies to ensure that consumers receive supply of essential items like food grains, petrol and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
The meeting was informed that in the month of August, 83 percent of food grains were lifted from godowns of Food Corporation of India (FCI) and 74 percent of food grains have already been distributed across Kashmir.
The minister directed concerned officers to expedite the distribution process of the remaining ration so that people can get their allotted quota on time without delay. While directing FCI officials to ensure adequate stock supply in their godowns, the minister said that the FCI needed to improve their stock in the Valley as the government had already announced to provide three months’ advance ration from October. He said that the process would be started from three districts of Bandipora, Kupwara, and Baramulla, where consumers would get three months’ ration in one go. He said that later the service would be extended to three other districts and finally to all the ten districts in the Valley.
The minister was informed that till August 24, 6,103 metric tonnes of wheat and 37,802 metric tonnes of rice were available in FCI godowns in the Valley.
The minister appreciated efforts of FCS&CA employees for doing their duties in the present situation. He said that the department needs to ensure that besides checking scarcity of food grains, FCS&CA employees should also monitor scarcity of any other product in the market.