Reasi, November 29
Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali today inaugurated the Maize Procurement Centre (Maize Procurement Mandi) at Seela, Reasi. Minister of State for Finance and Planning, IT, FCS & CA, Relief and Rehabilitation and Labour and Employment Ajay Nanda and Vice Chairman Kissan Advisory Board Daljeet Singh Chib accompanied the minister. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister stressed the need for establishing a ‘Food Procurement Corporation’ in the state to address the issue of food scarcity. The Minister stated that government is committed to ensure that all benefits of various schemes reach the deserving population. He further directed the officers to organize more and more awareness camps for generating awareness regarding various schemes among the common people to ensure no body stays out of the benefits of these schemes. The Minister also conducted extensive tour of the far-flung areas of the district and listened to the grievances of common masses during a series of public meetings at Sungri, Mahore, Arnas and Reasi. During the public meeting at Mahore, people of the area demanded increased road connectivity to various food stores in the district besides repair of road connecting Mahore with Reasi. The people also requested for filling up of vacant posts in the district, holding of more awareness camps by the district administration and conducting regular public grievance redress camps in the far-flung areas. People of Arnas apprised the Minister about the shortage of staff in various schools, dilapidated conditions of the roads, scarcity of food and establishment of food stores.