Three Assam Ministers visited Hailakandi and held a review meeting on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and flood preparedness in the district.
Minister for Agriculture, Atul Bora, Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Phani Bhushan Choudhury and Minister for Water Resources, Keshab Mahanta held a discussion with MLAs, the district administration, officials of concerned departments and traders on April 19th, 2020.
Bora took stock of the availability of foodgrains and smooth flow of essential commodities in the district. He asked the Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli to keep a tab on the wholesale and retail prices and to fix the prices to ensure uniformity so that no middlemen can take advantage of the situation during the lockdown.
The Agriculture Minister asked the Deputy Commissioner to ensure that agriculture seeds to be made available for the kharif season are properly distributed among the farmers.
“We have to ensure production amid the Coronavirus situation by maintaining social distancing during cultivation by the farmers in their agriculture fields,” Bora said, adding that 75,000 farmers of the state would be given seeds.
He also said the department would soon start community nursery during the flood and also kitchen gardening and assured to extend help for the purpose.
On the other hand, Mahanta asked the district water resources department to strengthen the embankments and to plug the breaches before the onset of monsoon.
He asked the Deputy Commissioner to summon the contractors to complete the ongoing work on a war footing in the next 10 to 15 days.
“If any contractor fails to complete the work within the stipulated timeframe, he will be put behind bars, as no has the right to play with the lives of the people,” he warned.
Executive Engineer, Water Resources, informed that there are six vulnerable points and apprised the minister about the ongoing work.
Jalli also requested Mahanta to sanction the amount for the Rupacherra-Sonacherra protection work for putting up a sluice gate and flood protection work of Tosla and Kalinagar.
Bora asked the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Officer to keep sufficient stock of cattle feed, medicines and to continue with the artificial insemination drive during the lockdown. On being apprised about the shortage of cattle feed, the minister assured that he would do the needful. Bora also suggested opening WhatsApp groups for agriculturists and dairy farmers.
Minister for Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Phani Bhushan Choudhury took stock of the availability of foodgrains in the district and asked the administration to ensure an uninterrupted flow of essentials, NFSA rice to beneficiaries, Rs 1,000 to non-card holders and benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi.