Have picked up sample from godown for testing: Dir FCS&CA
Srinagar, Nov 16: For the last two year Food Civil Supplies has failed to dispose off “rotten” flour lying in its godown in border area of Tangdar in Kupwara district, with the department finding its difficult to stock flour supplies for winter.
Officials of FCS&CA in Tangdar said that the flour the rotten flour is lying in the godown and they don’t have space to stock more supplies for the winter.
“Nearly 1300 quintals from 2015 of rotten flour lie in the godown. The department has inspected the godown and stated that the flour is rotten and needs immediate disposal,” the officials said.
“Since the rotten flour is infected by bacteria and worms have grown inside, it is infected the fresh flour that we stock here. We have informed the top officials time and again from the last two years, but they send inspection teams from Srinagar. The teams inspect it and leave without any positive action,” they said.
“It has unnecessarily occupied the space of the godown and we find it difficult to stock fresh flour in absence of space, which also creates flour shortage in winter when the region is cut off due to snowfall. We have divided the godown with tin sheets but that cannot stop infection to the fresh flour,” the officials said.
Sub District Magistrate, Karnah, Dr Owais Ahmad said that the administration has taken up the matter with the department concerned. “We are hopeful that it will be disposed off this season before winter,” the SDM said.
Director FCS&CA Nisar Ahmad Wani said that they have picked up the sample from the godown and sent that to laboratory. “Once we get the report from competent authority that the stock is rotten, we will declare that rotten after following all the formalities and dispose that off,” he said.
Wani said that they have stocked food grains in all the border and remote areas in the Kashmir valley.
“For Leh and Kargil, we have already stocked the essential commodities like Kerosene-oil, flour, petrol, diesel, rice upto May. The stock will last till May end,” he said.
He said that in snowbound areas in plains, “we are stocking the food supplies and the entire socking will be completed till November 30”.
“We have identified about 500 places in the plains where prior stocking is to be done to prevent deficiency during snowfall.” (KNS)