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Sikkim ready to face any situation

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 15, 2009

GANGTOK, 14 JULY: The Sikkim government today assured it had taken necessary steps to tackle any situation arising out of the GJMM sponsored indefinite bandh in the Darjeeling hills. The bandh has affected movement on National Highway 31A, the lifeline to Sikkim.
The East district administration today formed several committees to check price hike, hoarding and black marketing of essential commodities in the state. The teams comprising of state police officials, magistrates, and members of the business community today discussed ways to ensure continuous and controlled supply of essential commodities throughout the bandh.
The meeting chaired by Mr D Anandan, collector, East district formulated action plans in regard to supply and rates of petrol, diesel, LPG, grocery and vegetable.
Mr Anandan informed that, leaving emergency services like fire, police, milk supply and VIP vehicles, fuel would be rationed for all other vehicles. The police, food and civil supplies officials would monitor the controlled issuance of fuel in all petrol pumps throughout the state. In addition to these a flying squad comprising of Sub-Divisional Magistrates and SDPOs would maintain regular vigil to ensure smooth rationing of auto fuel.Mr. Anandan further informed that the state presently had over 17,000 LPG cylinders in stock at theLPG bottling plant at Rangpo.
To avoid shortage due to prolonged closure, the state government would provide LPG cylinders to those with valid documents in an interval of 21 days. The east district administration further appealed the people to curtail unnecessary fuel usage and also suggested car pools to co-operate with the government in its crisis management measures.
The SP, East district urged all to keep a tab on any relaxation of the bandh. Interestingly, the Sikkim Marketing Federation (SIMFED), a state government undertaking, has volunteered to sell locally grown vegetables at reasonable rates through its makeshift outlets at the Lall market here in the capital.
A team comprising of vegetable sellers and bazaar officials would monitor vegetable rates on a daily basis.A circular issued by the state chief secretary Mr ND Chingapa today mentioned that all officers using vehicles be instructed to avoid undertaking tours unless essential and those living in vicinity of their offices consider walking to their work places in public interest. The chief secretary has also asked the heads of departments to avoid summoning their district officers to the headquarters for meetings etc. during the bandh.

Source: The Statesman

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