Shimla, Mar 25: Himachal Pradesh, a consumer state, which depends upon other states for the supply of vegetables, milk, bread and other dairy products, witnessed a complete halt of essential commodities on Wednesday. No farmers or trader was allowed by the state administration to transfer essential commodities, as a blanket ban was imposed on the transport of these commodities. The number of local farmers and suppliers, who carry their seasonal vegetables and milk products to Shimla and other towns, could not bring their products to the market.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Wednesday said that effective steps would be taken by the state government to ensure adequate availability of essential commodities to the people of the state, during the 21-day lockdown in the country.
While presiding over a high-level meeting to take stock of the situation arising due to the lockdown, the Chief Minister said effective steps would be taken to ensure that the supply of essential commodities from outside the state does not hamper. Steps would be taken to supplement the supply line, said Thakur, adding that there was sufficient stock of ration, pulses and edible oils in the state. Steps would also be taken to ensure availability of milk and bread in sufficient quantity, the Chief Minister said, adding that if required, milk collection centres would be established, to facilitate the consumers and also avoid unnecessary crowding.
Thakur directed that adequate steps must be taken to ensure availability of cattle fodder. He said the movement of nomadic Gaddi and Gujjars and their herds should not be restricted and all preventive measures should be taken for their safety.(UNI)