| Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi lights the inaugural lamp at the launch of the awareness campaign on implementing the food security scheme in the state, in Guwahati on Tuesday. Picture by UB Photos
Guwahati; Aug. 20: Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi today said he would not let money be a problem in implementing the National Food Security Scheme in Assam.
“Money will not be a problem in implementing the scheme. I know how to manage money,” Gogoi said after launching a statewide promotional campaign to showcase the ambitious scheme at the grassroots, coinciding with the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, during a function at Sarusajai Sports Complex here.
The duty of the state government would be to deliver foodgrains from designated depots of the Centre at the doorstep of each fair price shop.
Addressing the gathering, Gogoi said, “We’ll roll out the Food Security Scheme from November 19 coinciding with the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. In Assam, about 2.25 crore people from around 40 lakh families will benefit from the scheme.”
Gogoi said the ordinance on food security would help battle malnutrition and hunger. “One should not oppose the scheme for opposition’s sake. One has to understand the pangs of hunger to realise how important the scheme is for the poor,” he said.
Minister for food and civil supplies Nazrul Islam said from rural areas, around 84.17 per cent of the people will get the benefit, while it will be about 60.35 per cent in urban areas. Altogether 2,52,18,000 people would benefit from the scheme.
Islam said there would be no difficulty in preparing the list of beneficiaries as the state has already 7.04 lakh beneficiary families under Antodoya scheme, 20 lakh beneficiary families under the chief minister’s Anna Yojana and over 12 lakh BPL families.
Remembering Rajiv: The Assam PCC today organised a panchayati raj convention in the city to mark the birth anniversary of late Rajiv Gandhi.
Speaking on the occasion, Abinash Pandey, MP and AICC secretary in charge of Assam, said the state could be a role model for other states in the country when it comes to implementation of panchayati raj system. He praised the ruling Congress government for making additional efforts to effectively and successfully implement the system.
Assam’s panchayat and rural development minister Rakibul Hussain said prior to 2001 when the AGP was in power in the state, the Congress workers and leaders here were arrested by police for launching a democratic movement to hold panchayat polls.
“The first task that the Congress did when it came back to power in 2001 was to conduct the panchayat polls. Unlike the Opposition, the Congress does not want power centres to remain only in Dispur and Delhi,” Hussain said.