KL NEWS NETWORK
Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Monday stressed upon putting an effective mechanism in place to ensure availability of essential supplies like electricity, water, healthcare, ration and fuel to the people during Muharram days in the valley.
He said Muharram reminds us of the supreme sacrifice made by Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) to uphold his unwavering belief in the principles of truth and justice.
The Chief Minister said this while chairing a high-level meeting to review arrangements for Muharram, at SKICC here this afternoon.
The Divisional Commissioner, Asgar Samoon, presented a detailed report on the arrangements made for Muharram in Kashmir Division for which a proposal for release of Rs 5.74 Crore has been submitted to the Planning & Development Department.
The Chief Minister emphasized upon hassle-free transport service and availability of essential supplies like power, drinking water and firewood to the people. He also ordered functionality of the streetlights around Imam Baras and other places associated with Muharram processions and Majalis. “Adequate healthcare facilities and arrangements for issuing advance ration for one month in Shia-dominated areas during Muharram days must be made certain,” he observed.
Mufti Sayeed also directed Municipal Commissioner to carry out special sanitation drives as part of the on-going cleanliness programme during the month. He also heard suggestions from representatives of various organizations so that fool-proof arrangements are put in place.
The Chief Minister also obtained status from Chief Engineers of Power, PHE and R&B Departments and Director Health Services, Kashmir, who assured that all arrangements pertaining to their respective departments have been made.
Secretary General, Indian Red Cross, J&K, also briefed the Chief Minister about the measures taken by IRC, especially those related to engaging volunteers for facilitating people.
The Chief Minister was informed by IGP, Kashmir Zone that Police will set up a Special Control Room to coordinate activities of all departments connected to observance of Muharram. He said around 200 volunteers would be assigned duties for facilitation of the mourners.
The Chief Minister was also provided an update on the special arrangements made by the Power Department for uninterrupted electricity supply, in particular around Zadibal area, with facility of generator back up.
Chairman, Legislative Council, in his address, called upon the divisional administration to ensure adequate facilities to people in Kargil during Muharram days.