Shimlaशिमला   329/2020-PUB26th March 2020

CM directs to maintain supply of essential commodities effectively

Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur presiding over the meeting with the senior officers of the State Government to review the situation of essential commodities in the fair price shops in the State on 26 March 2020

      Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the meeting with the senior officers of the State Government here today to review the situation of essential commodities in the fair price shops in the State, directed the officers to ensure that the supply chain of essential commodities in the State was maintained effectively so that there was no dearth of essential commodities in wake of Corona epidemic.

     The Chief Minister said that plying of vehicle carrying essential commodities should not be stopped as this could affect the availability  of essential commodities in the State. He said that the concerned District Food and Civil Supplies Controller must ensure that the flour mills provide uninterrupted services for milling of wheat flour. He said that the Food Corporation of India stores have stock of adequate quantity of wheat and rice etc. He said that the besides adequate stock of wheat flour, rice the State has over 1200 MT salt and over 4000MT stock of sugar and there was no need to panic.

       Jai RamThakur said that the State at present also has sufficient stock of pulses such as dal chana and dal masur. He said that the officers must ensure effective  supply of pulses from other states. He said that social distancing  must be ensured while supplying essential commodities to the consumers in the fair price shops, during the period of relaxation of curfew. 

     Chief Minister said that that the Civil Supplies godowns waiting  inauguration at Sidhpur and Chatru in Kangra district with 1500 MT capacity must be used for storage of  350 to 400 MT pulses  besides other essential commodities. He said that availability of medicine must also be ensured in medicines shops being run by Civil Supplies.

      Jai Ram Thakur also directed the officers to ensure adequate supply of LPG to households. He urged the general public to not go for panic purchasing and unnecessary stocking as there was adequate essential commodities in the State.

      Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies Amitabh Awasthi, Managing Director Food and Civil Supplies Corporation Mansi Sahay Thakur, Director Food and Civil Supplies Abid Hussain and other senior officers attended the meeting.

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