GUWAHATI, March 30 - The Assam council of ministers today decided to launch a series of schemes for the benefit of 72 lakh families in view of the coronavirus outbreak.
The meeting presided over by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal decided that from April 1, 58 lakh families will get free rice under the National Food Security (NFS) Scheme.
The scheme will also cover poor families who do not have NFS cards and they will be given Rs 1000 each.
The people of BTAD, Dima Hasao and Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council will also be benefited from the scheme.
The trucks carrying essentials will be allowed to enter the State from April 1.
In view of possibility of floods, construction and repair of embankments will start from April 1. Tea gardens will also be allowed plucking of green leaves from April 1 but they will have to follow the guidelines issued by the deputy commissioners and health department.
Similarly, rice mills, biscuit factories, etc., will also be allowed to be open subject to permission of the Deputy Commissioners.
Deputy commissioners will fix the timings of keeping grocery shops open from April 1. From the same date farmers will also be allowed to carry on with their work by following the guidelines of the health department.