BONGAIGAON, July 7 � The Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department, Bongaigaon, has started distribution of digitised ration cards among the bonafide beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act, 2013, in the district from July 3.
Setting a target to cover 84.13 per cent rural and 60.35 per cent urban beneficiaries, the department has finalised 1,10,434 priority household cards for families which are above poverty line (whose yearly income is less than rupees one lakh) and 16,281 Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) cards for those families which are below poverty line for providing the benefits under the Act.
According to sources in the department, the distribution of cards, along with the receipt of claims and objections from the local people, has been on since July 3 in the rural areas of the district and would continue till July 13 while in urban areas the distribution would start from July 13.
�Our main aim is to provide the benefits, under the Act, to each and every genuine beneficiary instead of the fake ones�, said Rabindra Chakrabarty, Deputy Director, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department, Bongaigaon.
All labourers, be they casual or regular of tea gardens would be included in this scheme, so that they can get smooth and regular supply of rations like other beneficiaries, Chakrabarty said.
Under the guidance of the Deputy Commissioner, Biswajit Pegu, the distribution of ration cards is going on smoothly as per the guidelines of the department in the district. Block Development Officers, Magistrates, Food and Civil Supply officials, Gram Panchayat workers and word commissioners are assisting properly in this work which would end on July 15.