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Concern in Valley over J&K order to stock up on LPG cylinders

Concern in Valley over J&K order to stock up on LPG cylinders
Former chief minister Omar Abdullah said such orders create panic in Kashmir and sought an explanation from the government.

A communication by the Director, Food Civil Supplies & Consumers Affairs Department in Kashmir asking oil companies to stock up on LPG cylinders led to concern in the Valley.

The Food Department, however, has said the order was issued to prevent a shortfall of “essential commodities” and maintained “some people are spreading false information regarding a communication with respect to the LPG stock in Kashmir valley.”

The order, marked “most urgent”, states, “The advisor… in a meeting conveyed on 23-6-2020 has passed directions to ensure sufficient stocks of LPG in the valley as the supply of the same gets affected due to closure of the National Highway on account of frequent landslides, due to which consumers face a lot of inconvenience…” This is the first time that such an order has come in the public domain in the summer months. “Government orders are creating panic in Kashmir & unfortunately after all the lies & false assurances last year even if/when the government explains these orders hardly any of us will take the assurances at face value. That said they still need to explain these orders,” former J&K CM Omar Abdullah tweeted on Sunday.

However, a statement issued by the Food Department late Saturday said the order was passed “to prevent any shortfall of essential commodities…” Last year, before the abrogation of Article 370, the J&K administration asked hospitals to stock medicines, among other measures. Then too, authorities said they were routine orders.