Assam Chief Secretary Lays all Speculations to Rest; Food Amply Available in State for 3 Months
GUWAHATI: As the general public across the state complained about non-availability of essential goods on the shelves of the retail stores and speculated about probable shortages in the coming days especially given a remark to the effect by minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, Chief Secretary to the Government of Assam, Kumar Sanjay Krishna has assured once again that the state has enough food to last three months.
This was in reiteration of his earlier statement at a press conference that was called by him on March 25.
Talking exclusively to G Plus, Kumar Sanjay Krishna said, "Trust me any day when I say essential commodities are available for three months."
When informed about speculations of shortages he said that the essential goods need to be properly defined by the public at this hour of crisis. "We are trying to assess the requirements in grocery shops and will do the needful. Some difficulties will be there but everyone should be happy even if he (or she) does not get his (or her) choice (of items)," he added.
Further, he mentioned that the Additional CS of Food and Civil Supplies has been told to assess the requirements in shops and ensure replenishment urgently. However, the supply of meat and fish are to be kept on hold for sometime. "Meat and fish will remain out of reach for some time," said the Chief Secretary.
Urging the people of Assam to follow the lockdown strictly, Krishna informed that the government is putting in every effort to provide the necessities and essentials. However, expectation might fall short given the exceptional circumstances.
He requested the people to be content with whatever they have and remain happy. "This time will pass and patience with social distancing is needed now," he added.
It may be mentioned that earlier G Plus had reported that many areas in the city were witnessing shortage of essential commodities as well as sudden price rise. Also industries minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said in a meeting on 31st March that the state has stock of food for only a period of 7 days.