Ahead of Id on October 16 and 17, the district authorities convened a meeting of officers and traders to finalise necessary arrangements for the festival. Beopar Mandal president, Doda chicken and meat sellers association president and LPG agency holder attended the meeting. Market checking teams were told to check rates of essential commodities in the town and adjoining areas so that consumers get quality eatables during the festive season.
The district administration and officers of the municipal committee of Doda and Kishtwar are receiving frequent reports that mutton, chicken, vegetables and fruit are being sold by shopkeepers on high rates. People in Kishtwar said several complaints have been lodged with the administration and the department concerned but the municipal committee did not take any action against defaulters.
It is alleged that as the MC authorities are hand in glove with shopkeepers, traders and people are suffering. Naseer Bagwan, a Kishtwar resident, said whenever there is any festival or religious celebration, shopkeepers and traders try to sell mutton, chicken, vegetables, fruit and LPG on high rates.
Another resident, Paray Lal Shan, said there is no check to ensure accountability of these shopkeepers and traders.
Nazir Ahmed Dar, a social activist, told HT that there is complete lack of coordination between administration and municipal authorities. Whenever someone lodges a complaint with these authorities, they shift responsibility on each other, he claimed, adding that as a result people have lost faith in these officers.
The district authorities also directed executive officer of Doda and Kishtwar MC to ensure cleanliness through a special drive. He also directed the PHE authorities to ensure adequate supply of drinking water and check leakage in various lines.
Regarding supply of milk in the town, the DDC asked the officers concerned to ensure that quality milk is being supplied to people and initiate strict action against those supplying adulterated milk.
Various other arrangements, including uninterrupted power supply, traffic management, security, availability of ration and LPG, etc., were also discussed.