Poor families in Assam containment zones to get food worth Rs 2000
To mitigate difficulties faced by households in containment zones, the Assam government decided to provide food and essential items worth Rs 2000 to economically disadvantaged families in containment zones for a 14-day period.
The items (per family) include 15kg rice (Rs 500 approx.); 2kg dal (Rs 300); 2 litres oil (Rs 300); 1kg salt (Rs 30); 5kg potatoes (Rs 150) 2kg onions (Rs 120); other vegetables/eggs/milk, etc (Rs 300) and any other essential item (Rs 300)
“Funds released under SDRF (state disaster response fund) for COVID-19 outbreak may be utilised for the purpose,” an order issued by the Assam revenue and disaster management department said.
Funds will be provided by the Deputy Commissioner to the concerned circle officer/block development officer for procurement of the food items at market rates, who will then hand over the food items to the local communities/officials for distribution among the families.
“The DC may also allow the local communities/officials to buy the food items, etc, if deemed fit,” the order added.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had, during a recent meeting on the COVID situation, directed the deputy commissioners (DCs) regarding providing succour to the people amid the pandemic.
“Acting against COVID is the primary task of the government of Assam. The DCs, SPs, joint directors of health and other stakeholders should work as a team in their respective districts to give people succour from the pandemic,” Sarma said.
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)
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