Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah today took stock of availability of essential
items, including baby food and medicines, in the valley and
ordered setting up of round-the-clock control room for
redressing grievances of people regarding such supplies.
Omar chaired a high-level meeting and instructed that the
Public Distribution System be activated to mitigate the
difficulties of people in the prevailing situation. Curfew
remained clamped in Kashmir Valley which witnessed overnight
clashes between stone-pelting protestors and security forces.
The government also opened the Secretariat, which saw a
good number of employees turning up for duty.
Omar said the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution
Department must ensure the availability and distribution of
foodgrains through its outlets. It was decided that
foodgrains will continue to be given at the scale of 50 kg per
ration card, an official spokesman said.
Omar directed the department to ensure availability of
LPG and kerosene oil besides setting up of a control room
where the consumers can register their grievances regarding
He also instructed that the telephone numbers of the
control room be provided to the Chief Minister`s Grievance
Cell for coordinating timely redressal of grievances. The
consumers will also have the option to register their
grievances at the Chief Minister`s Cell.
Taking cognizance of the reports regarding shortage of
baby food and medicines, it was decided that CAPD will procure
baby food and organise its distribution through its outlets,
the spokesman said, adding Rs one crore has been kept at the
disposal of the department for the purpose.
The Chief Secretary was asked to ascertain the
availability of medicines, particularly life-saving drugs and
take necessary measures to make these available to the health
institutions. The Deputy Commissioners have been instructed to
issue passes to the chemists and pharmaceutical dealers so
that they remain operational even during curfew.
Meanwhile, Government also released Rs 45 lakh to various
hospitals including SKIMS, SMHS and Bone and Joint Hospitals,
Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir and Deputy Commissioners for
arranging free and timely treatment of persons who have
sustained injuries due to the prevailing disturbances.
Official vehicles were like to carry essential supplies
in the evening and people have been requested to maintain calm
and allow the distribution of food items.