As the temperature started decreasing in Kashmir and civil secretariat is ready to move to winter capital, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said that the state cannot be treated at par with other states on the LPG cap issue in view of sub-zero temperatures during winter. Chief minister has directed the CAPD Minister Qamar Ali Akhoon to remain stationed at Srinagar even after the Darbar move, till the problem of supply of gas cylinders to the consumers is over.
“I have told the Central Government that Jammu and Kashmir cannot be placed at par with Delhi and other states so far as supply of LPG is concerned,” Omar said addressing a gathering in the Old City.
He said the people here have to live in sub-zero temperatures and face the difficulty of heavy snowfall.
“Our highways remain cut off for days together during winter months. There is already ban on cutting of forest trees. The supply of electricity to the state is limited and when we restrict the supply of LPG to them, where will they go?” he asked.
Omar said the State Government is strongly advocating the case and some solution to the problem will be arrived at.
He also said that he is fully aware of the difficulties being faced by the commoners on this count.
“I have given categorical directions to the police and concerned departments to take severe action against unscrupulous agents indulging in black marketing and creating false scarcity”, CM said.
Omar said that he has directed the CAPD Minister to remain stationed at Srinagar till the problem of supply of gas cylinders to the consumers is over.