Taj Directs FCI To Stock Addl Essentials In Valley
3 March 2005
The Indian Express
Jammu: Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Taj Mohi-ud- Din has directed the Food Corporation of India to stock 50,000 MT tonnes of rice, sugar and wheat at various godowns of the Valley in addition to routine supplies to avoid any shortage in case the National Highway gets blocked due to ensuing rainy season. He said that 200 trucks would be pressed into service daily for the purpose. The Minister was addressing a high level meeting of officers of CAPD, FCI and representatives of oil companies here today. Stressing for close coordination with Army and other security agencies, the minister directed the SRTC and other agencies connected with supplies to ply the vehicles on National Highway early in the morning so that the vehicles could cross the strategic points before sunset. He asked the Regional Transport Officer, Jammu to ensure that FCI does not face any shortage of trucks for carrying supplies to the Valley. Responding to the demand of godowns in the Valley by FCI, the meeting decided that the stocks would be dumped at Lethpora, Kulangam, Kupwara and Gulab Bagh in the community halls available in addition to the godowns of FCI in the valley. The representatives of Hindustan Petroleum and Indian Oil Corporation informed the meeting that all the dry outlets of POL in the valley are being flooded regularly and stocks of LPG are also being raised. The minister impressed upon the officers concerned to personally monitor the situation round-the-clock. He asked the representatives of HP and IOC to increase dumping capacity of fuel, LPG, petrol and diesel to avoid such crises in future. Expressing satisfaction over the strenuous efforts put in by the local administration in mitigating the grievances of the snow-affected people of the valley, the Minister said that the officials engaged with the supplies would be encouraged suitably. The Minister asked the DIG Traffic to allow trolleys carrying electric transformers to Valley so that the crises of power is overcome in some areas of the Valley. The meeting was among others attended by commissioner-secretary CAPD, Khurshid Malik, DIG Traffic, Niyaz Mehmood, Director CAPD Jammu, Ejaz Iqbal, RTO Jammu, Gurdarshan Singh, senior Regional Manager, HPCL, Tahir Kirmani and SRM IOC, D G Sharma.