Kashmir Indepth

Food crisis in offing, Director says everything is alright

Srinagar, Feb 25, : Kashmir Valley may face food crisis in coming days as the stores of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Food Corporation of India are empty across Kashmir Valley.

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   Insiders told news agency  that no ration is available or stored in FCI and FCSCA stores. They said barring few stores of district Budgam, all other stores across Kashmir Valley are without any stock. “The reasons may be known to the higher ups but the closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway may be a cause for it,” they said.

   “There is no rice, no sugar and flour available at any store. A serious food-crisis is in offing,” said an employee.

   Insiders said that South Kashmir has been facing major food crisis. For Mir Bazar, Anantang, a couple of trucks were dispatched from Srinagar and Budgam. The frequent closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway is the main reason for the shortage of supply. Reports said there are hundreds of trucks loaded with rice stranded on strategic Srinagar-Jammu highway.

   Director Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Muhammad Qasim said there has been complete sale of ration at every ghat while new supply will be made available in March. He refuted the reports that there is shortage of supply. “There was some problem in South Kashmir that has been addressed,” he said. (CNS)

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