Shortage Of Essentials Triggers Protests In Valley

KL Report

Srinagar

People in different parts of Valley Tuesday staged protest demonstrations against the authorities for its failure to supply them with essential commodities in the blessing month of Ramadhan.

Reports reaching GNS said that inhabitants of Wawoosa, Wanbal, Rangreth and Gogoo areas of Srinagar took to streets and staged protests against the shortage of food grains including rice and sugar in their respective Ghats.

They alleged that since the beginning of this blessing month all the Ghats were closed and the administration has failed completely to ensure smooth supply of essentials.

The locals said they were suffering immense due to absence of essentials for past week and threatened to intensify protests if the supply was not restored immediately.

They also said that due to lack of food grains, they were compelled to fetch essentials from private shops.

Similarly inhabitants of Muqam-e-Shahwali, Anderhama, Chailpati, Drugmulla, Bumhama, Gonipora Haihama in North Kashmir were also complaining shortage of essentials in their areas.

The residents from far-flung areas in the frontier district of Kupwara also alleged that the ration depots were running dry, forcing the people to face hardships.

“We have no rice to eat and can’t even afford to purchase it from open market,” Ghulam Rasool, a protester from Chailpati village told Global News Service.

The protesters demanded that government should take immediate steps to keep ration available at the depots in this holy month of Ramadhan.

The protesters, reports said, dispersed off peacefully after the assurance from the intervention of some concerned officials.

Reports of similar protests were also received from Warpora area in the apple town of Sopore. They said that scores of women took to streets at Sopore-Bandipora road this morning and staged protests against CAPD.

They alleged that they were facing acute shortage of food in their village from last several months. “We took the matter with the officials of the CAPD but to no avail,” one of the protesting woman said.

The women protesters dispersed after intervention of officials assured them that their matter would be taken up with the concerned authorities.

When contacted Director CAPD, Mushtaq Ahmad Mir told Global News Service that there is no shortage of ration and it is being monitored regularly. He, however, said there may be rare cases in other districts which will be looked into.

Regarding shortage of sugar, he said that tenders have been floated already to purchase from open market. “We are planning to provide 2 Kilograms of sugar per ration card from tomorrow”, he added.

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