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CM instructs depts for swift delivery of food relief materials to beneficiaries

Tuesday, Apr 07, 2020 14:00 [IST]

Last Update: Tuesday, Apr 07, 2020 08:29 [IST]

CM instructs depts for swift delivery of food relief materials to beneficiaries

GANGTOK (IPR): Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamangchaired a high-level meeting at Samman Bhawan here this afternoon to take stock of the relief materials being distributed by the concerned authorities and also check on the law and order situation in the State.
During the meeting, the Chief Minister gave clear instructions to the concerned departments for delivering the relief materials to the beneficiaries, instructing them to make sure that commodities like rice reach them within the next 48 hours. He requested the MLAs to make sure that there is a swift transfer of relief materials from the godowns to the fair price shops and ordered for the immediate disbursement of relief materials without fail.
The Food & Civil Supplies secretary apprised the meeting regarding the stock of food commodities i.e. rice, daal, and oil available in the State. He also apprised the transport issues which have been a hurdle in the timely receipt and distribution of the relief materials.
The Chief Minister advised the concerned authorities to distribute the relief materials through the tokens issued by the District Collectors and not directly through trucks to avoid overcrowding as this may defeat the purpose of social distancing.
The DirectorGeneral of Police assured necessary assistance for the smooth flow of these materials to the State and informed about the steps taken to seal entry points to the State using wired fences to stop the illegal flow of people in the State from neighbouring areas.
The Chief Secretary informed the house about the online portal which will be launched soon where one can apply for permit/vehicle passes in case of an emergency. This was done to decrease the gathering of people and provide an efficient way for people to apply for permits.
During the meeting, Food & Civil Supplies minister Arun Upreti informed the house regarding his visits to the godowns to take stock of the situation and ensure the relief materials reach all the beneficiaries.
In conclusion, the Chief Minister requested the concerned authorities to be more vigilant for the coming few weeks and requested everyone to follow guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the State government to avoid confusion. He urged the concerned authorities to fulfill the commitment made by the government and distribute the relief material by Friday at all costs.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi