SRINAGAR: In view of preventing inclement weather conditions, frequent closure of National Highway and other issues, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan on Tuesday convened a meeting with all District Development Commissioners (DDCs) to review the status of essential commodities.
During the meeting, the Divisional Commissioner was informed that essential services are functioning smoothly in all the districts and the government employees are attending their duties properly.
All DCs were directed to ensure judicious distribution of ration as there is a procedural requirement of advance stocking of ration for the month of March.
He further elaborated that in view of the frequent closure of the highway, availability of essential supplies is being ensured for public convenience especially in snow-bound areas.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir informed the meeting that the rationing of petroleum products in the division has been ordered due to persistent closure of the Srinagar-Jammu highway. He said the order will be withdrawn as soon as the highway is fully restored and supplies are received.
Seeking their cooperation, Baseer Khan appealed the general public not to pay heed to rumors suggesting shortages or depletion of essentials as there is no truth in them.
“Don’t get panicky on the basis of unsubstantiated and exaggerated pieces of information which are in circulation. Avoid fear-mongering,” he added.
The Divisional Commissioner directed all DCs to take strict action against rumor mongers.
During the meeting, the Div Com directed all DCs to hold public darbars and civil society meetings for redressal of public grievances on priority basis through a public outreach programme.
He called for better synergy to ensure effective distribution of essential commodities to the people.
Additional Commissioner Kashmir Tasaduq Hussain Mir, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhury, Deputy Commissioner Pulwama Dr Syed Abid Rashid Shah, Assistant Commissioner Qazi Irfan and other officers were present in the meeting, which was attended by the DCs from other districts of the division through video conferencing facility.