No rice in rural areas, 1294 truck with essentials enter Kashmir

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Srinagar, Sep 11 (UNI) Several ration depots in remote and farflung Kandi area remained closed, even as 1294 load carriers, including about 300 carrying rice, atta and sugar, arrived here during the past 24 hours.

A spokesman of the divisional administration here said 2280 load carriers arrived and left the valley during the past 24 hours.

He said, out of 1294 load carriers that arrived in the valley, 277 carried rice, 25 Sugar, 47 flour, 43 fruit, three sheep, 12 chicken, 127 diesel, 69 petrol, 31 kerosene oil, 53LPG, six milk and 564 other commodities. Besides, 37 empty trucks after off loading goods returned back.

He said, 986 trucks that left the valley during this period included 287 laden with fruit, 75 with vegetable, 130 with other items and 494 empty tankers and trucks after off loading goods and fuel here.

Meanwhile, reports received from far flung, remote and Kandi area alleged that the ration depots of the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CA&PD) remained closed for the past one month.

A resident from Chrawani, Charar-e-Sharief said the ration depot in the area remained closed as there was no rice, atta or sugar.

People were forced to eat apples, he said, adding the ration depots in other nearby Kandi areas, including Malapora also remained closed.

However, in the city ration depots were open but only 50 kg rice was being distributed among the ration card holders.

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