Staff Correspondent

Madikeri: Kodagu Deputy Commissioner K.R. Niranjan on Thursday asked officials to ensure proper supply of essential commodities to people in view of the truckers’ strike. If there was any hindrance in the supply of essentials, Essential Services Maintenance Act would have to be invoked, he said.

He was presiding over a meeting convened in the wake of the truckers’ strike, according to a press release. Mr. Niranjan urged the truckers not to stop supply of essential commodities. They responded positively to Mr. Niranjan’s appeal.

He asked the officials to be in touch with the Central and State Government offices, and to keep ready vehicles to be used in case of any emergency.

Mr. Niranjan said that services of ex-services personnel and Home Guards too could be used to tide over any crisis. Superintendent of Police Sandeep Patil said that action would be taken against those who deliberately stopped supply of essential commodities. Police escort would be provided for supply of commodities, he said.

Regional Transport Officer Siddappa H. Kaller suggested to Mr. Niranjan that control rooms should be established at the Regional Transport Office, and the departments of Agriculture and Food and Civil Supplies.

Petrol outlet owners should be asked to stock fuel to meet any emergency, he said.

Joint Director of Agriculture K.R. Krishnayya urged the RTO to provide lorries to lift 250 tonnes of fertilizers from Mysore and 100 tonnes from Hassan to Kodagu. Deputy Director of Food and Civil Supplies Mantye Swamy said that foodgrains and other items that would last for a month had been sent to ration depots in Kodagu.