Relief operation in calamity-hit Neelam valley, other areas in full swing: Top Authorities,
Altaf Hamid Rao.
MIRPUR (AJK): Top bosses of various nation-building institutions of Azad Jammu and Kashmir government here on Monday reviewed the availability and prices of edibles including flour, ongoing relief operation in calamity-hit Neelum Valley, rehabilitation work on roads network, status of health-cover facilities including availability of medicines in the various parts of the state.
AJK Chief Secretary Mathar Niaz Rana chaired the high-level meeting of heads of the public-sector functionaries and administrative officers at the Divisional 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 Sardar Gulfraz Khan, DC Tahir Mumtaz, Additional Secretary Home, SSP Mirpur Raja Irfan Salim and Muzaffarabad and others attended the meeting through video conferencing.
Secretary Food Syed Zahoor ul Hassan Gillani apprised the meeting that six months stock of food was 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.