GUWAHATI: Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced the implementation of the Affordable Nutrition and Nourishment Assistance (ANNA) Yojana.
Addressing the media in Guwahati on Tuesday, the minister announced that lifting and distribution of NFSA rice for tea gardens for distribution amongst selected beneficiary families free of cost and at Re 1 per kg to others other than tea garden communities is going to start from March 1, 2019.
“To further strengthen food security, we will provide rice at a subsidized rate of Re 1 per kg instead of the existing Rs 3 per kg. The move will benefit 53 lakh families,” Himanta Biswa Sarma said. He also said that this will also help many poor people in the State. Under ANNA scheme 2.52 crore people will be beneficial. “We’ll work in a supply chain management which will help us to grow up this scheme. Everyone should get this facility without fail. For any complaint we’ll be available online and offline,” he said, and added: “We’re going to pay the transportation cost and commission to agents in advance so that they don’t have to charge Rs 2 in place of Re 1 from the beneficiaries. After this, we’re going to implement the scheme for giving two kg sugar per family per month.”
The programme was also attended by Food and Civil Supplies and Consumers Affairs Secretary Alok Kumar Saharia and others.
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