Omar reviews snow clearance operations, asks administration to brave weather vagaries courageously

Asking government officials to brave the weather vagaries courageously and face the challenges of nature with a missionary zeal to relieve the people from the difficulties imposed on them by the heavy snowfall, the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Thursday said that the high spirit of responsiveness by the administration to public call at the hour of need is of paramount importance and denotes the dutifulness of government functionaries.

Omar-review snow clearanceThe Chief Minister this afternoon arrived here from Jammu to personally monitor and ascertain the progress on restoration of essential services like road communication, power and water supply, availability of edibles and fuel, healthcare facilities and other services of emergency nature at a high level divisional officers meeting he chaired.

The Chief Minister impressed upon the officers to put in all efforts in mitigating difficulties caused by the heavy snowfall reportedly highest ever in the month of January during last ten years.

“You should monitor the restoration process thoroughly and have personal appraisal of the ground situation by visiting various areas, interacting with people and ascertaining their needs”, he told divisional level officers directing for quick snow clearance on roads so that accessibility is restored and service delivery on various other sectors smoothen. He also directed for timely installation and operationalisation of dewatering pumps in low lying areas so that people do not face problems due to the melting of snow.

Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Shalinder Kumar, various Chief Engineers, Directors, Divisional Heads and senior civil and police officers presented detailed account of snow clearance and restoration of essential services centric functions undertaken by various units of their departments throughout the Valley. They said all out efforts have been made to restore the services within the shortest possible time.

The Chief Minister while taking brief on the availability of essential commodities and fuel asked the concerned departments to keep constant vigil over black-marketers, hoarders and unscrupulous traders who utilize such situations to create false scarcity of commodities and indulge in price hiking and profiteering.

He asked the officers to ensure smooth service delivery in Government Hospitals as also availability of life saving medicines in health institutions and in the market. “Work on war-footing is needed to restore the basic services and accessibility of all areas”, he underlined and directed the officers of power department to focus on full restoration of power supply in the affected areas as soon as possible.

The Chief Minister was told that men and machinery are working unabated to mitigate the difficulties of people and restore various essential services. He was assured that all measures are afoot to address the challenges and restore the services in full in all field of life which have severely been hit by the heavy snowfall in the Valley.

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