Govt asks oil companies to stock up supplies for 2 months; people anxious
In the wake of India-China face-off in Ladakh's Galwan Valley, two separate government orders in the last couple of days on stocking up LPG cylinders and on vacating of school buildings for forces personnel in Ganderbal, adjoining Kargil, has created a fresh wave of anxiety in the Valley.
Described as a “most urgent matter”, the government has directed oil marketing companies to stock up two months' supply of LPG cylinders in the Valley.
According to the June 27 order issued by the Director of the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs department in Kashmir, Adviser to Lt Governor G C Murmu has passed directions in a meeting on June 23 “to ensure sufficient stocks of LPG in the valley as the supply of the same gets affected due to closure of the Srinagar-Jammu highway on account of frequent landslides”.
In another order, the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Ganderbal requested the district administration to make available 16 educational institutes including ITI buildings, and middle and higher secondary schools in the central Kashmir district for the accommodation facilities of the forces personnel.
“In view of the Amarnath yatra 2020, and due to the dearth of accommodation facilities in district Ganderbal for the incoming CAPF companies, it is requested that these accommodation centres and education institutes may kindly be made available for the accommodation of the CAPF companies during the period of the yatra,” the SSP said.
Indian and Chinese armies have been in a six-week standoff in several areas of eastern Ladakh.
The ties between the two countries came under severe strain after the Chinese military killed 20 Indian Army personnel and injured around 76 in a violent clash in Galwan Valley on June 15.
The former chief minister and vice president of National Conference (NC) taking to the micro-blogging site Twitter sought an explanation from the government about the orders.
“Government orders are creating panic in Kashmir & unfortunately after all the lies & false assurances last year even if/when the government explains these orders hardly any of us will take the assurances at face value. That said they still need to explain these orders (sic),” Abdullah tweeted.
NC leader and close aide of Omar, Tanvir Sadiq also demanded an explanation from the government, saying that the people of Kashmir could not afford to live another year in “fear and uneasiness”.
“It's summer so not many landslides. Stock for two months. Matter most urgent. These three points need clarity at the highest level. People of Kashmir can't afford to live in yet another year of fear and uneasiness,” Sadiq tweeted.
Meanwhile, an official said both the orders had nothing to do with India-China face-off and were part of a normal procedure.
“The reasons for both the orders have been well-explained in its content. So, there is no need to panic," an official said.
Rumours, says Govt
The Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) Sunday said some people were spreading false information regarding a communication with respect to the LPG stock in Kashmir valley.
A statement issued here by FCS&CA said some people were spreading all kind of rumours by referring to a letter, written by Director, FCS&CA Kashmir and addressed to nodal coordinator for oil companies in J&K, in connection with “ensuring adequate stocking of LPG in Kashmir”.
“The same has been written by the Director, FCS&CA Kashmir, to prevent any shortfall of essential commodities (particularly LPG) during the ensuing monsoon season. We all know that the NH-44, between Ramban-Jawahar Tunnerl stretch, behaves in an unpredictable manner during the rains. Currently, we maintain nearly a month of stock in Kashmir. We have requested the LPG companies to explore the feasibility of maintaining the stock for nearly 2 months to prevent any panic situations that may arise in the event of highway closure for longer duration,” the statement said.