FCI employees’ strike affects supply of food grains to Kashmir

FCI employees’ strike affects supply of food grains to Kashmir

The ongoing strike by the employees of Food Corporation of India (FCI) in Kashmir Thursday entered ninth day with CAPD shooting a missive to FCI management detailing it with ramifications on public distribution system in Kashmir.

The ongoing strike by the employees of Food Corporation of India (FCI) in Kashmir Thursday entered ninth day with CAPD shooting a missive to FCI management detailing it with ramifications on public distribution system in Kashmir.

The ongoing strike, if prolonged, will impact many areas in terms of winter stocks.

According to officials, September and October are most important with regard to supplying of the stocks to the far-flung areas in view of the seasonal snowfall and rainfall which result in closing of roads to these areas.

A communication by Directorate of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) department Kashmir vide letter number DFCS&CA/PS/2017/127 dated September 14, 2017, addressed to J&K general manager FCI reveals that the strike has adversely effected distribution of food grains.

The communication says that law and order problem can erupt in case food grains don't reach to consumers on time.

"The strike of FCI employees /Hamals has hampered lifting/ dispatching of foodgrains particularly from FSD Mir Bazaar / Srinagar /Baramulla and FSD Kupwara. The prolonged strike is bound to effect the lifting/dispatching of foodgrains particularly under MMSFES and consequent distribution to the bonofide rationees within stipulated time frame," reads the communication.

President Joint Action Committee – an amalgam of FCI workers and labours union – Haji Nisar Ahmad Dar said since September 7 this year the depot operations have been suspended in Kashmir.

"These steps were taken after prior intimation to the management. But the management turned a deaf ear to all our genuine demands and is responsible for all the adverse effects of our indefinite strike," Dar added.

Area Manager, FCI Kashmir, Bhagirath Dabla said the strike has not affected the Public Distribution System. He said that out of 10 food storage depots in Kashmir, only three were observing strike.

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