South DC takes stock of essentials, directs rationing of fuel in Namchi

Gangtok, 25 Jun:

An emergency meeting in order to supervise the shortage of essential commodities in south district was conducted under the chairmanship of District Collector (South) on 24 June, a press release from the District Collector (South), Raj Yadav informs.

The meeting was attended by the Sub Divisional Magistrate (Jorethang HQ), Joint Directors from Agriculture and Horticulture Department and Animal Husbandry Livestock Fisheries and Veterinary Services Department along with the Additional Superintendent of Police (South), Sub Divisional Police Officer (Namchi), Station Head Officer (Namchi Police Station), District Civil Supplies Officer and the training officers.

The DCSO informed the house that 10,000 liters of high speed diesel and 90,000 liters of motor spirit arrived at Kamakhya Petrol Pump on 24 Jun. An additional 10,000 liters of motor spirit also arrived on the same day at Surya Sales.

It was therefore decided that after the arrival of the said HSD/MS at Namchi, rationing shall be done by issuing five liters per vehicle of HSD and 10 liters per vehicle MS by the concerned petrol pump owners and accordingly directions shall be given to them.

Jorethang and Yangang SDM said that minimum stocks of MS were maintained by the petrol pumps of Jorethang and Yangang. It was also reported that the petrol pumps at Melli, Kewzing, Ravangla and Bermiok had sufficient stocks of fuel with them.

The Senior Superintendent of Police (South) was requested to give directions to all the SHOs to inform all the drivers entering Namchi to fill the fuel at Melli and the nearby petrol pumps where stocks were available.

DCSO (South) informed that sufficient food stocks were available with the ration vendors of the district. He was directed to keep check of the ration price at various shops.

Joint Director, Agriculture and Horticulture Department informed the house that sufficient stocks of vegetables were available in the market and surplus of vegetables will be supplied to Gangtok from Chalamthang Vegetable cluster if the availability of vegetables suffers.

Joint Director (AHLF&VS) informed that meat supply was surplus in the district. However, strict monitoring of meat price was requested by the attendees.

As for the LPG cylinder issue, the District Administration has instructed the Nayuma Indane to stock at least 50 LPG cylinders for emergency purpose. 270 cylinders were distributed on 24 Jun with only 50 cylinders remaining in the godown.

Emergency contact numbers of the District Collector, Superintendent of Police, SDPO and SHO’s were shared to the public through Facebook and social media sites in case any emergency occurs in the district. All the Sub Divisional Magistrates along with the officers of the district were directed to be present in their respective offices even during holidays until the situation normalizes, the release informs.