Dukan Sangeen, Bohri Kadal inhabitants protest against ration scarcity


SRINAGAR: The residents of Dukan Sangeen and Bohri Kadal here staged protests against the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CA&PD) Department for allegedly failing to make ration available in their respective ration depot.
The residents of the area assembled and the main road and blocked the road for the vehicular movement in the area. The protesting residents while chanting slogans against the CA&PD department were demanding ration.
According to eye-witnesses, the Bohri Kadal residents blocked the road for several hours which resulted in massive traffic jam.
Clashes erupted between residents and police when the police tried to disperse the protesters in the area.
Police resorted to tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters.
Earlier, the residents told KNS that with the non-availability of ration in their concerned ration depot, they are facing immense hardships. “We have nothing eat and authorities are watching it as mute spectator,” the residents said.
They said that the CA&PD department has miserably failed to look into the hardships of the people. “The authorities have failed to make ration available in our area. They should make ration available soon,” the residents said.
Meanwhile, the residents of Dukan Sangeen also staged protests against the CA&PD department for ‘not making the ration available in their ration depot’.
Inhabitants said despite tall claims of the government that the ration would be made available in the ration depots but on ground it failed to fulfil their promises done with the people.
They later appealed Minister and Director CA&PD to personally intervene into the matter and redress the genuine demands of people soon.
The protesters later dispersed peacefully. (KNS)

CM takes on CAPD officials
SRINAGAR: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has reprimanded the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution department officials for not distributing the ration for the month of April.
Sources told PTK that the Chief Minister had convened a meeting two days back in Jammu, where she took on the CAPD officials for not having distributed the rice of April month in Srinagar.
“The Chief Minister told the officials if there will be any delay in ration distribution in future, strict action will be taken against them,” an official of CAPD said.
The official said the Mehbooba convened the meeting after her office received reports that people didn’t receive the ration.
“We have not received the ration for the month of April,” a delegation of Batamaloo residents said.
CAPD Director Kashmir Mushtaq Ahmad Shah confirmed to PTK that many areas in Srinagar were yet to receive ration for April month. “But people can receive the ration of April month till May 5,” the Director said.
Earlier, there were reports that Budgam residents didn’t receive the ration for January month. Following which the government ordered an enquiry where the rice has gone despite the CAPD had allocated 45,000 quintals of rice meant for the public distribution in district Budgam in January. “The enquiry committee will submit its report within four days,” the Director said. (PTK)


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