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SRINAGAR: Kashmir is bracing for yet another spell of snow over the weekend, prompting the authorities to review their preparedness to deal with the upcoming disturbances. The weatherman has forecast another spell of precipitation including snowfall in Kashmir from Friday. “Wet weather conditions marked by light to moderate snowfall and rains are likely to prevail till January 14,”Meteorology(Met) Department director Sonam Lotus said.

He, however, clarified that the snowfall is not expected to be as heavy as last week. The Valley received its first snow of the year on January 2, bringing respite in the chilly conditions which was followed by widespread snowfall on January 5, leading to disruption of both air and road traffic. More and more tourists are pouring in to experience the snow covered meadows, picturesque Himalayan mountains, pine forests and ice streams flowing across the Valley.

In view of the forecast, Khurshid A Ganai, advisor to governor, along with chief secretary B V R Subrahmanyam arrived at the winter secretariat on Tuesday to review the state preparedness. Ganai raised the issue of delay in snow clearance from roads and by-lanes in certain pockets of the Valley and directed the divisional administration to ensure timely action. He also urged the administration to ensure that along with the urban centers, life in far flung areas does not get disrupted by the wet weather, a government spokesman said in a statement.

Chief secretary Subrahmanyam urged the deputy commissioners to access the funds admissible under SDRF for restoration of water supply schemes, power and road infrastructure, as per requirement. Stock position with regard to essential items including LPG, rice, sugar, kerosene oil and other fuels was reviewed extensively, the spokesman said. Kashmir is currently under the grip of ‘Chillai-Kalan’ – a 40-day harshest period of winter when the chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum and the temperature drops considerably.

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SRINAGAR: MeT predicted another snow spell likely during 11 to 13 Jan but of lower intensity than the previous spell. According to Director MeT Sonam Lotus, during the next 48 hours wheather would remain cloudy with occasional light snow at most places in Kashmir while another snow spell most likely during 11-13 Jan but of lower intensity than the previous spell.

Meanwhile, an unrelenting cold wave continued in the Kashmir Valley on Tuesday with Srinagar recorded minus 2.0 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam minus 4.9 degrees and Gulmarg minus 3.2 degrees. Leh town recorded minus 8.9 degrees Celsius and Kargil minus 15.0 degrees. Jammu city recorded 7.8 degrees Celsius, Katra 7.4, Batote minus 0.5, Bannihal 1.2 and Bhaderwah minus 0.7 as the night’s lowest temperatures.

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  • Asks DCs to constitute STF for regular inspection of essential commodities
  • DDC Budgam takes stock of post-snowfall restoration of essential services
  • Jammu: Div Com reviews essential services scenario in hilly districts post rains, snow

SRINAGAR: To check hoarding, profiteering and black marketing, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan today directed the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) including those of Leh and Kargil districts to constitute Special Task Force (STF) for regular inspection of stock and supply position of essential commodities including rice, wheat, sugar, LPG, kerosene oil, petrol and diesel in their respective districts. The Div Com directed to take strict action against violators as per law and send the day wise detailed report to his office for further necessary   action.

The Divisional Commissioner was reviewing the functioning of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) department here at a meeting. Giving the details about the functioning of the department, the Director FCS&CA informed the meeting that the department covers 68.10 lakh consumers under National Food Security Act (NFSA) in Kashmir Division including Leh and Kargil districts. He said that the monthly requirement of food grains (rice and wheat) is 351652.4 quintals. To this he added that the monthly allocation made by the Department under NFSA is 355540.19 quintals of ration.

He said that there is adequate stock of food grains available in Kashmir region and no reports   of shortage have been received from any part. The Divisional Commissioner directed the officials to ensure that the food grains are distributed to the consumers in the early days of every month. He directed Enforcement wing of FCS&CA to conduct regular inspections to check total strength of rationees/ consumers, stock and supply position of every ration depot, fair price shops, LPG outlets, Home delivery position, Kerosene depots, Petrol and Diesel outlets of the Kashmir Division and send the weekly report to the Divisional Commissioner’s office so that every ration card holder get their due supply of essential commodity in a time bound manner. He said the move will curb the menace of hording, profiteering and black marketing.

Khan also directed them to ensure cent percent home delivery of LPG across the Valley, besides ensure that the delivery vehicles carryweighing machine and rate list. It was said that the registration of the agency found violating the orders will be immediately be cancelled. With regard to redressal of grievances, the Director FCS&CA informed that out of 241 complaints received since January 2018 till date, 231 have been disposed of and 10 are under process

He said the department has dedicated Toll Free Numbers for filing of complaints which are1967 and 1800-180-7011. It has also published helpline sites, face book page and Twitter Handle Director_FCSCAK where the people can post their grievances.  The Divisional Commissioner stressed on the need to provide up-to-date service and quick redress of the public grievances to avoid inconvenience in lifting of essential commodities. The meeting was attended by Director FCS&CA Mohammad QasimWani, Joint Director Nazir Ahmad, Deputy Director Enforcement Mohammad Akbar and other senior officials.

BUDGAM: District Development Commissioner Dr Syed SehrishAsgar today reviewed the District Disaster Management Preparedness and restoration of services post snowfall here at a meeting of concerned departments. The meeting, among others, was attended by ADDC Budgam Khurshid Ahmad Sanai, ADC Budgam, Khurshid Ahmad Shah, IAS Probitioner Bilal Mohhi-U-Din Bhat, ACR Budgam, Zaffar Shawl, ACD Budgam, Waseem Raja, CPO Budgam, Abdul Rasheed, all SDMs, Tehsildars, EX Ens of various departments and Executive Officers of Municipal Committees.

Emphasizing on the foolproof readiness, the DDC directed the concerned departments to submit list of their available resources and demands and pendency in respect of preparedness so that the objective to ensure prompt and effective response towards disaster mitigation is achieved. For release of payments made on the restoration works of various projects, schemes and government structures damaged due to various climatic disasters in recent past, the DDC instructed officers to submit their expenditure bills through proper SOPs.

She also directed concerned to submit their lists of procurement of necessary gadgets and safety equipments for the prompt response towards various manmade and natural disasters. The meeting also discussed procurement of safety equipments including, rubber glows, long shoes, boats; wooden and motor boats, potable Gen sets, helmets, wood cutters, waterproof jackets, recovery van, dewatering pumps, blue lumps, lifesaving jackets raised by various departments during the meeting, required to face any eventuality.

The DDC also directed the concerned to conduct safety audits of building and government structure including hospitals and education institutions, mock drills and training for volunteers for better disaster management system under capacity building. Meanwhile, the DDC also took stock of restoration of essential services including electricity and damaged water supply schemes and connectivity. She directed concerned for immediate restoration of all remaining damaged and defunct essential services in respect of Water Supply Schemes and electricity and road connectivity lines across the district.

JAMMU: Divisional Commissioner, Sanjeev Verma, today reviewed essential services scenario in hilly districts of   Jammu division post rains and snowfall here at a meeting of Deputy Commissioners and heads of key departments. The meeting was attended by Director FCS&CA Jammu, Amit Sharma, Chief Engineer R&B, Sudheer Shah, Chief M&RE, Sudhir Gupta, Director Health Services Dr Samir Mattoo, Chief Engineer PMGSY, D K Khanna, Chief Engineer S&O wing Gurmeet Singh, Chief Engineer MED, Gagan Jyoti, Executive engineer PHE J P Singh, while DCs of Ramban, Poonch, Doda, Kishtwar, Udhampur, Rajouri, Kathua along with SSPs and HODs of concerned departments attended the meeting through video conferencing.

The DCs apprised the Div Com of the status of supplies of essential commodities in their respective districts. It was informed that adequate stocks of ration, LPG and other items are available in all the districts. The DCs informed about the quantum of damage and roads closed due to snowfall and rains in their areas. They informed that adequate men and machinery has been put in place for clearance of snow besides restoration works.

The DCs also informed about the power and water supply situation in their respective districts adding that huge damage has been caused to power structure in various parts of the districts and restoration works are in progress. They also projected their requirements of machinery for snow clearance besides transformers to provide uninterrupted power supply to the people.

The Div Com directed the concerned departments to provide adequate number of transformers for these districts. He directed the concerned to further expedite the process of snow clearance from roads.  Reviewing the health services, the DCs projected the requirement of doctors and ambulance. The Div com asked the director health to look into the matter. Meanwhile, the Div Com also reviewed the arrangements being put in place for Republic Day celebration in the districts.