Instructs all DCs to ensure availability of essential items in markets, conduct frequent market checks
Srinagar: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Khan Wednesday visited the Dargah Hazratbal Shrine to pay obeisance and prayed for the peace and prosperity of Jammu and Kashmir in particular and well being of human kind around the world. He also prayed for the end of Covid Pandemic and good health of the people and invoked the blessings of Holy month.
He reviewed the arrangements for providing necessary facilities for the Holy month of Ramadan.
He reviewed availability of electricity, water supply, status of roads leading to religious places and sanitation at the mosques and shrines.
While taking the review, Advisor issued directions for strict observance of Covid-19 SOPs including use of face masks, sanitizers, maintenance of physical distance and discouraging large gatherings. He said the government has given relaxation during the prayer times but obeying of Covid-19 SOPs are imperative to fight second wave of the Pandemic.
He impressed on Wakaf authorities, shrine management, Imams of J&K to arrange volunteers to facilitate people so that social distancing would be maintained.
He instructed for provision of standby transformers and generators and mobile water tankers as a backup at important religious centers.
Moreover, he directed SMC authorities to ensure thorough maintenance of cleanliness besides lighting arrangements at all the Shrines in Srinagar. Similar instructions were given to Municipal Committees in other districts for conducting sanitation drives for containment of Covid-19 and other diseases.
Advisor on the occasion was apprised by the Hazratbal Committee members that the increased number of stray dogs in the vicinity is threatening the safety of devotees and locals besides creating issue of cleanliness in the premises of Shrine.
Advisor directed SMC, Commissioner to take serious measures to curb the stray dog menace with immediate effect besides asked him to conduct cleanliness drive there.
Meanwhile, Advisor impressed on Director Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs to mobilize the Enforcement Wing of the department for frequent market checking and quality control of essential food items besides ensuring availablity of food items in the markets across the Kashmir Division.
He issued strict directions for booking the erring traders and imposition of fine for overcharging and profiteering. Advisor also set a three days deadline for distribution of hundred percent ration available with FCS&CA department among the people so they don’t suffer due non availability of ration.