Kishtwar Rationed Familes to Get Atta not Wheat: Akhoon

Srinagar – The Minister for CA&PD, Mr. Qamar Ali Akhoon today informed the House that the rationed families of Kishtwar will be issued Atta instead of Wheat. The department of CA&PD is not aware of shortage of water resources and consequential closure of water mills in district Kishtwar.

Replying to a question raised by Mr. G.M Saroori, the Minister said that instructions have already been communicated to the Director, CA&PD, Department, Jammu for further necessary steps in this regard.

The Minister said that in this connection the MLA has requested last month and instructions were issued instantly to the Director, CA&PD, Department, Jammu. Since the Director has to arrange milling of the Wheat from Jammu only in absence of any flour mill in the district Kishtwar, therefore, it would required some time to sort out issue of convert of wheat into atta.

He said that 100% Atta is supplied under PDS, the schedule for supply/distribution will get delayed due to the fact that wheat is being lifted from Kishtwar and distributed to the rationees while as Atta is being supplied from Jammu. Further, the ration for six months for winter is being dumped in Marwah, Warwan, Dacchan,and Padder but the Atta cannot be dumped, due to short shelf life as the same is susceptible for rotting if stored for long. However, the department is working to arrange Atta for the area as per demand.

Mrs. Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo and Mr. Abdul Majid Wani raised their supplementaries and demanded early dumping and improvement of the supply of essential commodities in their constituencies especially remote and far flung areas before the onset of winter season.

The Minister assured the members that necessary steps will be taken in this regard.

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