Control room in Kashmir for complaints on essential supplies
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Last Updated: Friday, August 06, 2010, 00:41
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 essential supplies.

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.


First Published: Friday, August 06, 2010, 00:41

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