GUWAHATI, Oct 8 - The National Food Security Act 2013 is expected to be implemented in Kamrup Metro district from next month.
Official sources told The Assam Tribune that the process of issuing ration cards under the Act is going on and is expected to be completed within October.
�The National Food Security Act 2013 is being implemented in Kamrup Metro district from the month of November as per government guidelines for implementation of the Act. The process of selection of beneficiaries both under the Antyodaya Anna Yojna and Priority categories has already been completed through the selection committees constituted in rural and urban areas,� said an official.
The percentage of population to be covered under NFSA in the district is 84.17 per cent in rural areas and 60.35 per cent in urban area on the basis of the 2011 Census report.
The income criterion for selection of beneficiaries is less than one lakh rupees per annum.
Sources said the total target for selection of beneficiaries in the district is 1,80,817 households with a total population of 7,85,087 individuals.
They added that so far applications have been received from 1,78,802 households, covering a population of 7,29,985 individuals.
�The total number of ration cards so far digitised stands at over 1.64 lakh, covering a total population of over 6.81 lakh persons,� said an official, adding that all efforts are being made for a smooth rollout of the Act in the district.
In the urban areas, scrutiny committees for selection of beneficiaries have been constituted with the circle officer of the revenue circle as chairman along with other officials and elected representatives of local bodies, while in the rural areas the committees are headed by the respective block development officer as chairman and officials and gaon panchayat representatives as members.