SILCHAR, April 24 - The Choto Doodhpatil Gaon Panchayat under Cachar district represented Assam in Prime Minister Narendra Modi�s live video conference on COVID-19 with village sarpanchs of the country on Friday on the occasion of Panchayati Raj Divas.
Assam�s Choto Doodhpatil GP featured among the seven gaon panchayats of the country from States including Jammu and Kashmir, Maharahstra, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Karnataka.
During the interaction, while the Prime Minister made a humble gesture to the people of Assam for bearing with the Government�s call to continue with the lockdown even during Rongali Bihu and urged the GP presidents to encourage Do gaz ki doori among people in the villages, Ranjit Sarkar, president of Choto Doodhpatil GP thanked the PM on behalf of the Government of Assam for steering the nation through the COVID-19 crisis.
�We are following constant guidance of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of Health Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma and have held meetings with all concerned officials in the GP to render assistance to all citizens, especially young and the elderly. We have reached out to each home to convince and encourage them to follow social distancing, practice frequent handwashing during the lockdown to keep the disease at bay. Essential food items, including 5 kgs of rice, to family identity card holders have been provided along with medicines. Health services have been provided to all at the local model hospital,� Sarkar told the Prime Minister during the live interaction.
Sarkar also informed the Prime Minister that local MLA Kishore Nath has extended services to the people during the phase.
Meanwhile, Amitabh Rai, president of Cachar Zila Parishad informed that the gaon panchayats under the district are following all the norms of social distancing during the lockdown. �It is a matter of great pride for us that the Choto Doodhpatil GP of Assam has featured in the seven Panchayat heads of the country today. Through the PDS facility, Government has ensured supply of foodgrains to those families struggling for food during the lockdown. The SHGs under different blocks have been enrolled to manufacture 70,000 face covers and already over 16,000 face covers have been distributed to the people in the villages for free. Also, people in the tea gardens have been given face covers at nominal costs,� Rai said.
He also informed that under the Contingency Fund of 14th Finance Commission, assistance of Rs 1000 each has been provided to those GP families which do not have BPL cards. Moreover, there are at least 200 families in every GP without ration cards and in a latest move, the Chief Minister has made further arrangements of providing 5 kgs of rice under PDS to the families which do not have ration cards, he said.