No shortage of medicines in Kashmir: Govt

The government on Tuesday said Kashmir was receiving regular supplies of medicines and there was no shortage of medicines in the region.

The government clarified on the supplies after a news report suggested otherwise, and reports of hoarding of medicines created panic among people.

It said there were sufficient stocks of all kinds of medicines available for at least one month with stockists in Kashmir, adding regular supplies were being received from Jammu from where around three-fourth of Kashmir’s retail market requirement is catered.

These drugs include both life-saving medicines and those categorised as general drugs. The government has urged people not to heed unofficial sources. It said that such tactics were used to create artificial scarcity which hoarders use to their advantage.

Meanwhile the government has issued strict warnings against hoarders of medicines and those indulging in rumours suggesting shortage. It warned that strict action under law will be initiated against offenders.