ITANAGAR, Mar 25: The state has enough food and fuel stocks to last for the next 4 to 5 months with the GoI on Tuesday, crediting an additional three months worth of supplies to the state’s existing stock.
This was informed by the state secretary for food and civil supplies (F&CS) Jokey Angu on Wednesday.
With the imposition of the 21-day nation-wide lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in view of the Covid-19 pandemic on Tuesday, there has been a general feeling of apprehension among people of the country regarding availability of food and fuel stocks.
In our state, earlier, on Monday, following the state government’s announcement of a week-long lockdown in the state from 23 to 31 March, people were seen scrambling for essential items.
However, the F&CS secretary has assured that the food and fuel supply in the state will remain unaffected.
He has informed that the ‘State already had one months’ worth of food and fuel stocks and with the govt. of India’s order issued on Tuesday last, additional three months’ share of supply has been credited to the state’s existing stocks which means that the state has enough stock to last three to four months.’
He also said that supply chains are open and essential commodities will continue to reach people of the state.
Responding to reports of vehicles carrying essential items being not allowed to enter state at the Banderdewa Check Gate, the F&CS secretary said that the district administration will be issuing specific passes to the retailers to ensure that supply of goods is not stopped in any way. He however, said that the process of issuing the said passes would take time.
Meanwhile, in order to ensure that people in Itanagar Capital Complex get required essential items during the lockdown, the state government has decided to start ‘Door to Door delivery of essential supplies’ in Itanagar and Naharlagun.
In an order issued by the office of the secretary to the Chief Minister on Wednesday, a team has been constituted comprising of 10 officers led by APSSB secretary Santosh Kumar Rai for facilitation of essential goods to the households during the period of lockdown in Itanagar Capital Complex.
Among those designated for the purpose include Capital Complex DF&CSO Amit Bengia, Itanagar SDPO Dekio Gumja, Tax and Excise deputy commissioner Tapas Dutta, IT and Communication assistant director Yater Pari and others who, have been assigned the task of coordinating with the FCI and police authority besides, identifying and onboarding of retailers.
LPG agencies directed to ensure supply during lockdown
Itanagar capital region DC Komkar Dulom has in an order on Wednesday, directed LPG agencies of the Capital Complex to facilitate home delivery of LPG cylinders to consumers during the lockdown period by visiting every sector/ road of Itanagar capital region with immediate effect.
‘The LPG agencies have been instructed to ensure that consumers of every sector under their jurisdiction should get the LPG cylinder during the lockdown period uninterruptedly. The daily report of such delivery/arrangement should be submitted to the DFCSO, ICR through respective area Inspectors for records and appraisal to higher authorities without fail,’ the order read.