MANGALDAI, Dec 27 - The National Food Security Act, 2013 was launched in Darrang district today through a ceremonial public function organised by the district administration in association with the district civil supplies and consumer affairs department here at the District Library auditorium.
Parliamentary Secretary and Dalgaon MLA Ilias Ali ceremonially launched the programme by handing over a packet of rice at a subsidized price of Rs 3/- per kilogram to one Bilasi Biswas, wife of Thakur Biswas of village Barjhar under Dalgaon LAC.
Addressing a large number of beneficiaries present at the meet, the chief guest Ilias Ali elaborated on the brief history of the Act which was passed in the Parliament during the fag end of the UPA government�s rule at the Centre. He accused the present BJP-led Central government of making unnecessary delay in implementing the Act in the State.
Referring to the pending court cases against final selection of beneficiaries in eight GPs under Dalgaon LAC which forced 22,348 targeted families to be left out from this process, Ali assured the gathering of solving the issue within second week of January, 2016.
He hold the Opposition responsible for dragging the matter of beneficiary selection to the floor of the court. The function chaired by Dr Bijoya Choudhury, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Darrang was also addressed by Banashri Nath, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Darrang and Bidyut Bikas Bhagawati, Sub Divisional Officer (Sadar), Mangaldai.
Dimbeswar Das, Superintendent of Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department, Darrang earlier explained about the mega distribution chain under the Act involving a total of 1034 agents under 23 Gaon Panchayat Samabay Samitis (GPSS), 35 fare price dealers in Mangaldai town and another 55 dealers in Kharupetia town of the district apart from the officials from his department.