From a Correspondent
Dibrugarh, Dec 28: The tiol Food Security Act was officially launched in Dibrugarh by the Minister of Forest and Environment, Etuwa Munda, at a function organized by the district administration here at Matak Karam Bhavan, Lahowal, on Monday. The Minister as part of the initiation programme, even distributed rice among elected beneficiaries under the Food Security Scheme (FSS).
Speaking at the iugural event, convened by Deputy Commissioner MS Manivann, Etuwa Munda as the chief guest deliberated that on how under the Food Security Scheme, an estimated number of 10,76,485 families of the district would be benefitted. Munda said that through the FSS, a large population of 84.17 per cent under rural area and 60.35 per cent under urban area would gain profit by availing the scheme.
Etuwa Munda, further stated that with the sole objective of empowering the women in the district, elder women of 95 per cent families would be granted Family Identity Cards, and reiterated that women should come forward to bring stability into the societal administration.
Munda attributed the iuguration of the scheme as a gift for the district for the coming year. The minister lauded the efforts of the administration in their efforts in launching the scheme in the district. He stated furthermore that under the Food Security Act rice could be purchased by the card holders only at the fixed rate and no agent or fair price businessmen could sell the same at higher rate. The new ‘Ontadoya’ and priority-based family card holders can purchase rice through the fair price shops at the rate of Rs 3 per kg.
Earlier, the Additiol Commissioner, Anjabh Chaliha, brief the gathering regarding the objectives of the meeting, wherein the Deputy Commissioner, who chaired the occasion, broadly summarized the benefits of the scheme.
Under the aforesaid scheme, in the month of December, 55014.90 quintals of rice have been allocated and out of which Ontadoya beneficiary families would be given 35 kg of rice while the priority-based beneficiaries against one family member, would receive 5 kg of rice.
The meeting was attended amongst others by the senior officials of the District Food and Civil Supplies Department, local eminent residents and beneficiaries of the district.