Ladakhi students yet to receive promised LPG connections - watsupptoday.com
Ladakhi students yet to receive promised LPG connections
Posted 20 May 2017 12:28 PM

Agencies

The Ladakhi students pursuing their studies in Jammu were given a promise by the government of providing them LPG cylinders through the Jammu and Kashmir Cooperative Supply and Marketing Federation (JAKFED) under the public distribution system but the students are yet to receive the connections.
More than a year ago, Minister for Cooperatives Chering Dorjay had directed the federation to provide 150 gas connections to students belonging to Ladakh region who were studying in various educational institutions in Jammu.
The federation was also asked to set up distribution of gas sale outlets in different parts of Jammu city and its vicinity areas where Ladakhi students were residing.
“We got a notification in April last year that the JAKFED will be providing LPG cylinders to us for the period of our courses in Jammu. The connections were to be linked with our educational institutes till the time we completed our studies. But no connections have been given to us,” said Ahmed Ali, president, All Ladakh Students’ Welfare Association.
Chief Executive Councillor, Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh, Sonam Dawa who was a part of the cooperative meeting, could not be connected as his phone was out of reach.
However, supporting Ali’s statement, GM Noori of All Kargil Students’ Association said in the wake of the federation’s nonchalance towards Ladakhi students, they had to purchase the cylinders on higher rates from middlemen.
Senior BJP leader and new incumbent vice-chairman of the JAKFED, Munish Sharma promised timely help to the students.
“I have recently reviewed the working of J&K Cooperative Supply and Marketing Federation and have sought support from its functionaries. If there was any laxity in the working of the federation, I will take appropriate steps to work on it. Let students come to me, I will fix their problems,” said Munish Sharma.
There are at present 8,000-10,000 Ladakhi students in Jammu pursuing various academic courses in different institutions. Though there are some hostels and houses particularly for these students, most of them are putting up in rented accommodations in various parts of city’s vicinity. None have any permanent gas connection to their names so far.
"I have recently reviewed the working of J&K Cooperative Supply and Marketing Federation and have sought support from its functionaries. If there was any laxity in the working of the federation, I will take appropriate steps to work on it. Let students come to me, I will fix their problems. —Munish Sharma, vice-chairman, J&K cooperative supply and marketing federation

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