NALBARI, Aug 25 – Minister of Food and Civil Supplies Dr Najarul Islam has said that the Food Security Ordinance 2013 to be implemented in the State soon, will cover a population of 2.52 crore of 52 lakh families.
Addressing an awareness meeting organised by the Nalbari District Congress Committee at the Nalbari Natya Mandir here today, the Minister said that the State Government has intensified the preparations to cover 84 per cent people of rural areas and 60 per cent of urban areas in the State under this huge project.
Dr Islam said that at present 39,60,000 families in the State have been getting rice at subsidised rates under various schemes.
He added that despite an increase in the production of foodgrains, the people are not getting food equally, due to which the government was compelled to introduce the new ordinance only in the interest of the poorer section of society. He added that the State Government, under its Chief Minister’s Anna Surakshya Yojana provided rice at Rs 6 a kilo to 20 lakh BPL families. During implementation of this scheme 65 cases were registered at the Gauhati High Court, but later all the cases were disposed of in favour of the Goverment, the Minister stated.
According to Dr Islam, athough the Government has set Rs 1 lakh as the highest income for one to become eligible for benefit under the Food Security Ordinance, in the State people earning over Rs 1 lakh too would get the benefit as the State Government is determined to meet its target of 84 per cent in the rural areas and 60 per cent in the urban areas.
The meeting, presided over by Kishor Hazarika, president of Nalbari District Congress Committee, was addressed among others by Minister of Fisheries, Information and Public Relation Basanta Das and former Lok Sabha Member from Mangaldai Madhab Rajbangshi.