Robust mechanism in place for ration distribution in Kashmir: Officials

Srinagar: With lockdown being enforced throughout Kashmir to control the spread of COVID 19, the authorities on Friday said that robust mechanism has been put in place for distribution of ration in the valley.
“Today, Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) Department in Kashmir Division and District Administration Srinagar are dealing with the situation with relative ease as they have been able to devise an effective mechanism to provide ration and groceries to the general public,” he said.
He said that there is no shortage and all essentials like ration, fuel, gas and other commodities are adequately stocked for two months. “The Department has already distributed two months ration for the month of April and May to all consumers. Presently, the Department is distributing free ration to BPL, AAY and PHH categories for the month of May and June,” he said.
Meanwhile, Bashir Ahmad Khan Director FCS & CA department said that the exercise would involve free distribution to 8.70 lakh families with distribution of 4.2 lakh quintals of ration, out of which free ration for the month of May has already been distributed and the ration for June is being distributed. “The Department is also distributing one kg of pulses to the BPL, AAY and PHH families,” he added.
While following the lock down guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the District Administration Srinagar has been able to address the problems with regard to distribution of ration and other essentials. To evolve a robust action plan, it has designated a Nodal officer for ensuring proper coordination at district level to oversee hassle free distribution of food grains in Srinagar.
While giving details, Syed Sajjad Qadri Nodal Officer and OSD in the office of DC Srinagar said that for addressing public grievances a toll free number is working to receive the grievances with regard to ration, power supply, water supply, medical needs etc. “The people contact control room on the given number as and when they need any help from the District Administration,” he informed.
The District Administration Srinagar has also supplied advance ration for the month of April and May to all categories of consumers including free ration to BPL, AAY category. Free ration has also been distributed among 1.29 lakh ration card holders. Those without ration cards have also been provided ration at prices fixed by the Government.
Free ration of 5 kgs per person has also been provided to 17,453 non local labourers working in both organized and unorganized sectors who have registered themselves in District Srinagar.