BISWANATH CHARIALI: Under the National Food Security Act, 2013, the food items for the month of April which are to be distributed are already available in Biswanath district.
Biswanath district administration has issued instructions to distribute these materials free of charge. Beneficiaries with cards under the National Food Security Act, 2013 of the district are provided free of cost under Antodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) at the rate of 35 kg (per card), up to 5 kg per person per person of PRIORITY, up to 5 kg per person. In order to make the distribution system clean and tidy, the names of the ration card holders and ration card numbers allotted under the National Food Security Act, 2013 should be displayed in front of the convenience stores. The Deputy Commissioner of Bishwanath district has already issued the directive. The district administration has also said that in case of non-compliance with this directive, legal action will be taken against the shopkeepers as per the departmental law. In Biswanath district, under the National Food Security Act, a total of 5,04,348 beneficiaries have received such items through 1,19,350 cards through the Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs.
Meanwhile, during this extended period, the Biswanath district administration has also reiterated its call to all the people of the district to strictly abide by all the rules of lockdown and maintain minimum social distance. The district administration has made it clear that the lockdown will be specially tightened in all the areas under the police stations of Biswanath district till May 3 in response to the call made by the Prime Minister. The district administration has appealed to all the people of the district not to come out of the house unless absolutely necessary during this period. When people come out for buying medicine or food items, they must collect receipts so that the police on duty can check them if they want to. This instruction has already been issued to the shops concerned. The administration has made it clear that unlicensed vehicles and motorcycles as well as lockdown violators may be detained. In this case, all those with special permission are asked to keep such permits.
Of course, all persons involved in emergency services can use the exempted vehicles only between the residence and the workplace. Such vehicles may be confiscated on return to other places. Similarly, all the vendors who are allowed to distribute vegetables and fish may distribute the goods as per their specifications. The Prime Minister called upon the people to pay special attention to six issues - to take extra care of the elderly, to maintain social distance, and to take steps to increase their immunity, helping everyone, keeping their employees from losing their jobs and fighting against COVID-19. The district administration has sought the vigilance and cooperation of all in this regard.