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Winters leave Ladakh out of bound, make stocking of food material a must.

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Leh, Nov.22 (ANI): Come winter and authorities in Ladakh district of Jammu and Kashmir Jammu and Kashmir: see Kashmir.
Jammu and Kashmir

State (pop., 2001: 10,143,700), northern India. With an area of 39,146 sq mi (101,387 sq km), it occupies the southern portion of the Kashmir region of the northwestern Indian subcontinent and is
 have to ensure that there is ample procurement and stock of foodstuff and other essential commodities since the region will remain cut off from the rest of the mainland due to heavy snowfall on the approach links.

Thus prior to the onset of the winter, stocking of food material is a common activity in Ladakh as the Srinagar-Leh through the Zojila Pass and Manali-Leh via the Rohtang Pass highways are closed to vehicular traffic for over five months.

On an average, the snowfall is in the range of 20 to 30 feet.

With the snowbound snow¬∑bound ¬†
adj.
Confined in one place by heavy snow.


snowbound
Adjective

shut in or blocked off by snow

Adj. 1.
 areas being completely cut-off, the prevailing conditions here make it necessary to stock food for at least six months for everyone.

The Food Corporation of India (FCI (Flux Changes per Inch) The measurement of polarity reversals on a magnetic surface. In MFM, each flux change is equal to one bit. In RLL, a flux change generates more than one bit. ) is the nodal agency stocking and distributing food grains.

"It is important to do stocking of food for more than six months because, Ladakh is such an area that is completely cut-off for more than six months. And the material is supplied by us to two agencies, the PDS (1) (Processor Direct Slot) A single expansion slot on certain, early Macintosh models that was used to connect high-speed peripherals as well as additional CPUs. Providing a channel directly to the CPU, the PDS coexisted with NuBus slots on some models.  (public distribution system) and the defence," said Shakil Ahmad, in-charge, FCI, Leh.

According to the local administration, basic food materials like sugar, rice, wheat flour and kerosene are procured in advance and stocked in godowns supply to the people through the public distribution system.

"Essential commodities are mostly stocked in the main godown in the FCI (Food Corporation of India) like rice and sugar. Kerosene is stored in the IOC (Indian Oil Corporation). We lift the stocks according to the requirement in Leh and surrounding areas and by the release orders given by the government. But there are few snow-bound areas which are cut-off for four to six months even from Leh, so there we try to do advance stocking," noted Ruth Mary, Assistant Director, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Leh.

On their part, the locals in Leh and other places of Ladakh gear up themselves well in advance before the onset of winter.

"We are already mentally prepared and we prepare ourselves by stocking kerosene, cow dung cakes (as fuel) and wood, and the rest we get from the government," said Bilal Ahmad, a local.

Better known as the Little Tibet, Ladakh is famous for its enchanting nature of roaring rivers, daunting gorges, snowy mountaintops, unique wildlife and numerous historical Buddhist monasteries. By Jigmet Angchuk (ANI)

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