With a view to provide succour to the poor and destitute people during the extended lockdown period, State Government has decided to provide 5 kg rice per month per member per family who do not have ration cards under National Food Security Act (NFSA) in spite of being genuinely poor.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said this while reviewing preparedness of Kamrup district administration to deal with coronavirus pandemic in a meeting held at the conference room of Deputy Commissioner’s office at Amingaon today.
Moreover, to take stock of availability of food grains in the State, the Chief Minister visited godowns of Food Corporation of India located at Noonmati and Changsari as well as Changsari Railway Yard today and held a meeting with FCI officials at Noonmati. The FCI officials informed the Chief Minister that the present stock available at FCI godowns could fulfil food grain demand of people of the State for next two and a half months.
Chief Minister Sonowal while chairing the review meeting at Kamrup DC office asked the district administration, government departments and the public representatives to put up collective efforts to tide over the challenge posed by coronavirus outbreak. He directed the Agriculture and Veterinary department to work in close coordination with Food and Civil Supply department to devise an innovative strategy to ensure smooth supply of essential commodities.
He also asked the officials of F&CS department to regularly interact with wholesalers to check price rise of essential goods.
Further stating that the government would not tolerate any misappropriation of public fund and food grains meant for the poor, the Chief Minister asked the police to take prompt action against all unscrupulous elements. He also directed the police to act swiftly against the misuse of social media so that no one can spread rumour and incite violence disturbing peace and harmony in society.