In view of the threat posed by the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Uttarakhand Government has decided to provide many household substances and edible items from the network of its fair price shops (FPS). There are 9200 FPS in the State. In an order the commissioner food and civil supplies, Sushil Kumar has said that the FPS dealers would be allowed to sell things of daily requirement such as soap, toothpaste, edible oil, packed wheat flour, pulses, iodised salt, match boxes, candles and tea. Apart from it things like ORS, tablet, condoms, sanitary napkin, sanitiser and masks would also be available at these shops.
As of now eight listed items such as wheat, rice, sugar, pulses, oil, kerosene and soft coke are provided at the FPS at subsidised rates.
In his order to the all the district magistrates, the commissioner has said that a nodal officer of the rank of Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) should be appointed for the purpose and a committee should be constituted in every district. The District Supplies Officer (DSO) should be the member secretary of the committee. Sushil Kumar said that home delivery should be provided to the senior citizens, handicapped and ill persons.
In another decision aimed at maintaining supply of the wheat flour, the state government has decided to provide wheat to the large and small flour mills. The wheat would be procured under Open Market Sale Scheme (OMSS) - Domestic from the depots of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) Attachments area