GOALPARA, May 11 - The Goalpara district administration has taken all measures so that there is no shortage of food and essential items during the lockdown period.
A DIPRO release stated that there were 1,98,454 families in the district as per the 2011 Census and 2,05,052 families applied for NRC. As many as 1,78,416 card holders received 42,616.05 quintals of rice (35 kg per family) under the Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) of National Food Security Act (NSFA). An additional 5 kg rice per member was distributed among the targeted families under priority households, totalling 40,107 quintals. Besides 1,784.16 quintals of masur dal was also distributed free of cost in April 2020.
During the current month, the regular quota of rice, 42,598 quintals, was distributed among the card holders while distribution of the additional quota of 40,107.35 quintals of rice is going on.
Further, a total of 1,600 food packets contributed by various organisations and NGOs were distributed among needy people by the district administration.
The release mentioned that foodgrains allotted under the mid-day meal scheme, were distributed among the students even though the schools are closed.
Also included are 57,275 children (0-3) years and 46, 360 children (3-6) years and 23,119 lactating mothers under the Supplementary Nutrition Programme where rice, dal, suji, sugar etc., were distributed among the beneficiaries.
The release stated that 1,834 non-NFSA families under the Goalpara Municipal Board, 16,741 families under Goalpara Zilla Parishad and 524 families under the Lakhipur Town Committee received Rs 1,000 each from the government.
Additionally, 79,517 farmers were covered under the PM Kisan Yojana and 7,669 received Rs 25,000 each as the first instalment under the Mukhya Mantri Krishi Sajuli Yojana.