Gangtok April 6 :(IPR) The Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri. Prem Singh Tamang-Golay chaired a high-level meeting at Samman Bhawan 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, he 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 MLA’s 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 Hon’ble Chief Minister enquired about the distribution of essential commodities and directed the Managing Director of SIMFED 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 Secretary of Food and Civil Supplies apprised the house regarding the stock of food commodities i.e. rice, daal, and oil available in the state. He also apprised the transport issues which has been a hurdle in the timely receipt and distribution of the relief materials.
The Director-General 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, the Hon’ble Minister of Food and Civil Supplies Shri. 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, he 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 fulfil the commitment made by our Government and distribute the relief material by Friday at all costs.