Minister Upreti conducting surprise inspections of Food godowns

Sunday, Feb 07, 2021 07:45 [IST]

Last Update: Sunday, Feb 07, 2021 02:04 [IST]

Minister Upreti conducting surprise inspections of Food godowns

KUNAL RAI

GANGTOK,: Food & Civil Supplies minister Arun Upreti has been conducting surprise visits and inspection of different food godowns in different parts of the State at regular intervals.
The purpose behind this drive is to check the quality of items disbursed under PDS is as per the samples with the department, informed the Food & Civil Supplies minister to SIKKIM EXPRESS. It is a regular inspection but without prior information wherein no godown is aware that we will be visiting, he said.
During the inspection, we also monitor whether the quantity of food items being stored is as per the requirement of the beneficiaries of the concerned area and also the storage system, said Upreti.
“As everything now under PDS is computerized, it is easy to monitor. In case of any complaints from the beneficiaries, the department takes appropriate action as per norms. Till date, no complaints have been received,” said the minister. He informed that the department has been conducting awareness campaigns across the State wherein the beneficiaries are sensitized on their rights and benefits.
The food storage and fuel stock are adequately available in Sikkim as of date, it was informed.
“During the dry season, the State does not face any issue regarding essential commodities but the major challenge faced is during monsoon when road connectivity is disrupted. We are working on a plan to initiate storing buffer stock of food items considering moons. We are all geared up regarding this so that no beneficiary suffers,” said the minister.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi