Anantnag: As the twin valleys of Marwa and Warwan in Kishtwar district would be disconnected from the rest of Jammu and Kashmir for six months, the government has stocked up 32,162 quintal ration for the inhabitants.
“In Marwa tehsil, we have stocked up around 1570 quintal ration under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) scheme and 9800 quintal under the J&K Food Entitlement (JKFES) scheme,” Assistant Director of the Department of Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCSCA), Kishtwar, Ghulam Rasool told Greater Kashmir.
He said that in Wawran, the department had similarly dumped 6782 quintal ration under the NFSA scheme and 12,075 quintal ration under the JKFES scheme.
The Assistant Director said that the ration supply included 12,456 quintal rice and 19,706 quintal wheat.
“We have also dumped nearly 50,000 liters of Kerosene,” he said.
Rasool said sugar and pulses had also been stocked up.
Marawa has 1648 households of which 802 are provided ration under AAY, 642 under PHH, and 214 under NPHH schemes.
Warwan has 2222 households of which 304 are provided ration under AAY, 1341 under PHH, and 575 under NPHH schemes.
The twin serene valleys of Marwa and Warwan spread over 40 villages are not yet connected to the Kishtwar district headquarters.
The 95-km Daksum-Margan Top-Marwa road thrown open in the year 2007 and connecting it with Kokernag remains the only surface link to the outside world.
It is not an all-weather route and remains shut for at least six months, cutting off 50,000 souls.
People have to face a lot of hardships in absence of connectivity and poor medical facilities.
Even mobile telephony is a distant dream for the people who rely on landline numbers of the exchanges to make emergency calls.