FCI releases 20,000 MT additional rice quota for Kashmir

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Srinagar, Sep 9 (UNI) To meet the shortage of rice on Public Distribution Stores (PDS) in the Kashmir valley, the Food Corporation of India (FCI) has released additional 20,000 metric tonnes of rice.

This information was given by Governor N N Vohra at a meeting held in the frontier district of Kupwara yesterday, an official spokesman said today.

Mr Vohra said the FCI has released the additional quota of rice for meeting the shortages at various PDS and for timely completion of winter stocking in the remote areas, which remain land-locked for better part of the year.

Governor said adequate quantity of rations would be made available at the sale outlets in the plains of the Kupwara district by September 20.

He directed the Divisional Administration to ensure the winter stocking for six months in the far off areas, like Tanghdar, Keran and Machil by September 30.

Spokesman said during his review of various developmental schemes in the district, Mr Vohra announced an additionality of Rs 6.44 crore to the annual outlay of the current fiscal for the district which has been pegged at Rs 85 crore.

Of the additional outlay announced by the Governor, Rs 3.50 crore would be spent on the Bus Stand at Handwara.

Similarly, responding to the demand made by the local Trade and Business Association, the Governor agreed to provide an amount of Rs 1. 20 crore for the Kupwara Bus Stand.

Mr Vohra sanctioned Rs 62 lakh for the construction of a Sports Stadium and Rs 50 lakh for the construction of government flats in the town.

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