distribution to Akhadas & saints Admin fails to estimate toll of saints

Ujjain : Simhastha Fair Authority (SFA) appears in a dilemma to distribute ration to the saints’ fraternity during the Fair. Even it has failed to estimate the exact the toll of saints arriving in the Fair.

SFA in dilemma over ration

In a recent meeting, administration claims to have 5 lakh saints in the fair. Though the administration in its previous release claimed to have 1.5 lakh saints for whom they had estimated to distribution ration.

District in-charge Minister Bhupendra Singh on Friday had a meeting with 5 Principal Secretaries of different departments at the Fair Office. They discussed over several important issues related to the Fair. Earlier it was decided that 1.50 lakh saints and their followers would get ration on discounted rate for 60 days at Simhastha Fair area. Saints will get 500 gm grain, 150 gm sugar and 1 litre kerosene per person every day. 40 temporary fair price shops will be setup at 16 sectors of Fair area. 3150 metric ton food grain and 1350 metric ton sugar will be distributed to 1.50 lakh saints Approximately, the administration decided to distribute 3150 metric ton wheat, 1350 metric ton rice, 1350 metric ton sugar, 90 metric ton salt and 300 kilo litre kerosene to 1.5 lakh saints.

SFA also claimed to supply 50, 000 LPG cylinders to the Akhadas and saints at the fair by 16 temporary agencies. Domestic and 5 kg cylinders would be distributed. Now it is a big challenge for the authority to dispense subsidized LPG cylinders to them as they would have to open their accounts so as to transfer subsidy of the said cylinders. It was decided that Akhadas will be dispensed ration from March 18.

Free power to camps makes a good business

It is business of profit for most of the camps being setting up at the Fair area as they would get free power and water supply for 24 by 7 during Simhastha Fair. Most of the camps would use this facility to earn a huge profit by establishing Swiss cottages, luxurious tents and other amenities at the camps. SFA would supply 50 kw electricity to 13 Akhadas and 30 kw electricity to saints on free of cost. Authority would only charge Rs 200 per kw connection charge from the saints. If they use power more than the fixed amount, they would have to pay as per the company’s rate. PS IPS Kesri told that company would slap charges on commercial activities at the fair.

Water to be supplied at the Fair area from today 

Minister Singh asked Fair officer Avinash Lavania to ensure water supply in the Fair area from Saturday. After PS RS Julania asked Lavania the dates from which the water to be supplied at the fair, Lavania told him to supply from March 15. Minister interrupted in between and directed to ensure supply of water from Saturday as the saints have started arriving. Julania also ensured to complete the Kanh Diversion Project by March 19. He also assured to maintain the road unearthed during the work of the project. 4 roads have got affected due to the project.

After CM’s order, PSs come calling

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan undertook detailed review of activities and works for Simhastha mela at a meeting of Cabinet sub-committee on Simhastha in Bhopal on Thursday and it was the effect that 7 Principal Secretaries (PS) and an Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) came calling to the city on Friday. The CM had directed PS of all concerning departments to inspect Simhastha Mela area as a team and ensure completion of remaining works by the end of March. The CM had also taken a detailed review of Simhastha-related works of PWD, PHE, Food and Civil Supplies and Home departments. The CM had directed local and State administration to work as a team. Besides, CM’s deputy-secretary Neeraj Vasisth has been deputed as the additional Simhastha Mela Officer and he will take charge on Saturday. On being asked on such developments, Minister Bhupendra Singh said that all these developments show the sincerity and sensibility of the government.

Newly built roads not to be unearthed

PWD PS Pramod Agrawal told that newly built roads would not be unearthed for placing barricades on them. Alternative ways would be found out to do so. Police administration would control traffic through temporary red stoppers and ropes. Green corridor facility would be available at the fair. 200 liter drums would be used for making a green corridor. PS also told not to use polymer sprinkler on the roads.

Narmada water to be released on March 16

Narmada water will be released in Kshipra as a trial on March 16. Minister also directed Collector Kavindra Kiyawat to carry out patrolling on either side of Kshipra banks to ensure non-use of water for irrigation purposes by farmers. ACS BP Singh, PS Urban Administration Vivek Agrawal, PS PHE Ashwini Rai, Divisional Commissioner Ravindra Pastor, ADG V Madhukumar, DIG Rakesh Gupta, DISCOM CMD Akash Tripathi and others were present.

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