Vohra reviews security situation, food stock position in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Nov 22 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra today reviewed winter stocking of ration and other essentials in areas, which remained cut off during winter months and discussed security and logistical arrangements, particularly with reference to the ongoing polls.

He was informed that this year the winter stocking of rations, petroleum products and various essential commodities were completed in the far off areas of the Ladakh region, Karnah, Gurez and Machil in Kashmir division ahead of the scheduled time frame.

The areas remain land-locked for several months in the year due to heavy snowfall on the passes.

After conducting a detailed review of the security and logistical arrangements, particularly with reference to the on-going polls, the Governor assessed the stock and supply position of essential commodities, including medicines in a meeting with Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Masood Samoon, at Srinagar. Mr Samoon arrived here this morning on a two-day visit to the summer capital.

The Governor was informed that adequate stocks of food and essential commodities were transported to the difficult areas well before the scheduled date, this year.

He stressed the need for regular replenishment of the available stocks of rations, LPG, kerosene oil at various identified stations in every district to adequately meet any arising emergency, particularly in the wake of the National Highway having to remain closed, even for a brief period, due to unforeseen weather factors.

He reiterated the need of regular field touring and inspections by the District officers to ensure prompt resolution of the problems faced by the people. He also advised the Divisional Administration to see that grievances and complaints redressal mechanism remains functional at district, tehsil and other levels, in the winter season.

Mr Vohra laid special emphasis on the basic utility services particularly ensuring power, drinking water supply, sainitation, snow clearance and pumping of water from the water-logged areas.

The Divisional Administration was also advised to regularly monitor these matters at various levels.

The Governor also reviewed the to-date position in regard to the removal garbage and was informed that the daily accumulation is now being regularly lifted for dumping at Achan.

Mr Vohra expressed satisfaction on being informed by the Divisional Commissioner that a Bailey Bridge would be duly installed at Achan-Saidpur within the next week and this would ensure against the garbage load carriers having to move through the residential areas in the vicinity.

UNI BAS ASM SW BD1805

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