CS AJK presides high level meeting; reviews ongoing relief operation in Neelum Valley

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MIRPUR:   (Parliament Times)     A high-level meeting of heads of departments and administrative officers presided over by Chief Secretary Mathar Niaz Rana held at Commissioner Office here on Monday.

Inspector General Police, Secretaries Forests, Food, Works, Special Secretary Health, Director General Health, Commissioners Muzaffarabad, Poonch, Mirpur, DIG Mirpur Division, Additional Secretary Home, SSPs Mirpur and Muzaffarabad and others attended the meeting through video conferencing.

The meeting reviewed the availability and prices of food-items, ongoing relief operation in Neelum Valley, rehabilitation work on roads network, status of healthcare facilities and availability of medicines in the various parts of the state.

Secretary Food Syed Zahoor ul Hassan Gillani briefed the meeting that six months stock of food is available in Upper Neelum, Leepa, Forward Kahuta and other far-flung remote areas in upper belt. He however told that recent torrential rains and heavy snowfall had disrupted the roads network due to which uninterrupted supply is affected in these areas. “The process of clearing the roads is going on which will help restoring supply channels”, he added.

Special Secretary Health in his briefing told that sufficient stock of medicines is available with District Health Officers (DHOs) in relevant districts while health department is fully prepared to deal any untoward situation.

Secretary Works and SDMA also briefed the meeting about the status of roads and ongoing relief operation in Neelum Valley respectively.

The Chief Secretary directed the concerned officials to take all out efforts and accelerate the relief and rehabilitation efforts in calamity hit areas of the state. “Food and medicines shortage should be met on war footing basis”, CS further directed.

He also directed to supply wheat to the AJK flour mills from nearest cities of Punjab to avoid unnecessary delay and hurdles in the delivery.

Mathar Niaz Rana directed Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners to extend all possible cooperation to the relevant departments for smooth delivery of foodstuff and medicines in the affected areas of the state. “Administration must take strict action against those involved in creating artificial shortage of food items”, he further directed.