WINTER PREPAREDNESS | ‘118 lakh quintal ration dumped across Kashmir’

42,636 quintal dumped in Baramulla, 44,486 quintal in Kupwara: FCSCA
WINTER PREPAREDNESS | ‘118 lakh quintal ration dumped across Kashmir’
According to the officials, the department has almost completed the target of dumping ration in far-off areas which would be served during winter months to the people residing in these areas. [File]Habib Naqash for Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: The Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCSCA) department J&K has started dumping ration in far-off areas and other border areas across Kashmir which remain inaccessible during winter.

According to the officials, the department has almost completed the target of dumping ration in far-off areas which would be served during winter months to the people residing in these areas.

Karnah, Keran, Machil, and Budnambal areas of Kupwara district remain cut off for almost six months due to snowfall.

Some areas of Uri, Boniyar besides the upper belts of Rafiabad, Tangmarg, and Narwa also remain cut off for almost four months due to snowfall in winter.

“These areas remain inaccessible as the roads remain blocked due to heavy snowfall. So we dump the ration for these areas for four or six months which caters to the people living in these areas,” an official of the FCSCA department said.

As per the official figures, the dumping of ration for far-off areas of Baramulla district for winter has almost been completed.

“There are around 80 dumping stations in Baramulla where we have stocked the ration to cater to the people during winter,” Assistant Director of the department of FCSCA, Baramulla, Sheikh Tariq Ahmad told Greater Kashmir.

He said that the quantity of ration required for dumping for the four months of winter from December 2021 to April 2022 was 35,185 quintals under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) and 7451 quintals under J&K Food Entitlement (JKFES).

“We have dumped 37,235 quintals of ration for winter and only 5401 quintals are yet to be lifted. Hundred percent dumping will be completed within a day or two,” he said.

Similarly, for the Kupwara district the FCSCA department has dumped around 44,486 quintals of ration to be served to people for six months from December 2021 to June 2022.

“We have completed 100 percent dumping of ration in far off areas and border areas of Kupwara for six months,” said Sheikh Tariq Ahmad who also holds the additional charge of Assistant Director of the department of FCSCA, Kupwara.

He said 1390 quintals of flour (atta) and 169 quintal of sugar had also been dumped for six months in the Kupwara district.

Around 87,000 liters of kerosene and 16,000 LPG Cylinders have also been dumped at respective dumping stations of Kupwara for winter months.

“At least 17,000 liters of diesel and 8500 liters of petrol have also been dumped in far-off areas of Kupwara district,” he said.

Director FCSCA department, Kashmir, Abdul Salaam Mir told Greater Kashmir that the winter stocking in border areas had been completed and the ration dumped in far-off areas would cater to the consumers during winter.

“We are yet to lift around 5400 quintals of ration which will be done in a day or two. So far, dumping of around 118 lakh quintal ration has been done across Kashmir,” he said.

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