GUWAHATI, April 19 - The Kamrup Metro district administration, in collaboration with NGO Feeding India, is aiming to cover around 600 newspaper hawkers of Guwahati under its free ration distribution initiative.
As part of the initiative, the district administration today distributed free rations among 50 newspaper hawkers on the premises of Pragjyoti Cinema Hall in Maligaon locality.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Ratul Chandra Pathak informed that within two days, the district administration would cover other newspaper hawkers as well.
The ration distribution drive will be held at different locations in Bhetapara, Chandmari, Sixmile, Ganeshguri and Ambari areas of Guwahati.
According to Pathak, during the lockdown hours, the district administration has covered around 60,000 families under the free ration distribution drive. Among them, around 38,000 families were covered though the different NGOs and in case of around 22,000 families, officials of the district administration distributed the rations directly.
�In our helpline number, everyday we get 30 to 40 informing us about non-receipt of free rations. When such cases come up, our officials deliver the ration right at the door step of the deprived families,� Pathak said.
A large section of people from outside the State, who are stranded in the city amid the lockdown, have also come under the free ration distribution drive.
At present, around 350 families from Arunachal Pradesh, around 300 families from Meghalaya, around 125 families from Mizoram, more than 400 families from Tripura and around 70 families from Manipur have remained stranded in different parts of the city.