“Coronavirus: J&K govt failed to provide ration amid lockdown

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 3/26/2020 12:16:00 AM

2 months advance ration still a distance dream

JAMMU, Mar 25: With the Centre and J&K governments have declared the coronavirus outbreak, a pandemic, extensive precautionary measures are being taken to contain the deadly virus. The Jammu and Kashmir government has implemented extensive measures including shutting down of schools, imposing travel bans and introducing a system of regular checks.
In an attempt to ensure food essentials reach families during the lockdown, the J&K administration has promised to provide two months free rations to ration card holders in a meeting headed by the Advisor to Lt Governor Bashmir Khan, but till date ration deport did not open their shops and forced the people to bought rice and wheat from the open market.
Till date, It is distance dream for the people of the J&K to get the 2 months advance ration on their respective ration depot. The ration depots goes dry ahead of the 21 days lock down in J&K.
It is observed that with in few days of COVID 19 lock down , J&K Government has failed to retain the smooth functioning of Public Distribution System (PDS). "Despite warning public about social distancing, people are often seen thronging to buy ration from market”.
“The Government ration stores are closed for onsite ration distribution to avoid gathering at stores and to promote social distancing in the J&K people in need of ration visiting their concerned ration dealer, fair price shop and the concerned dealer told to the customers that Govt is not providing ration to them from stores.”.
Though J&K government has announced that all kind of essential commodities, services shops, business establishments like Grocery (Retailers, Wholesalers, Distributors) Dairy, Fruits, Vegetables, Chemists etc shall be allowed to operate but the Govt ration depots are empty.
However, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan on March 22, 2020 has said that Government is considering to start doorstep ration distribution amid situation arising due to COVID-19 pandemic.
In this regard, the Advisor directed all the Deputy Commissioners to work out a plan for doorstep distribution of ration and other essential commodities to the consumers so that long queues and large gatherings at ration depots would be avoided.
All the DCs have been directed to send their plan within three days to Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir for further courser of necessary action.
Repeatedly attempts were made to reach Secretary Food and Supplies, J&K Simrandeep Singh and to reach to director Food and Supplies Jammu, but both officers did not attend the calls.



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