Assam Govt's withdrawal of ration cards from APL beneficiaries

Guwahati: Amidst the Corona crisis, the Assam government has decided to withdraw ration cards from all ineligible BPL beneficiaries in the state. In a meeting chaired by CM Hemant Biswa Sarma, the concerned officers have been directed to take necessary steps in this regard. At the same time, he has also directed that based on the number of ration card holders in the State, the functioning of ration shops running under PDS should be fixed.

CM Hemant Biswa Sarma had convened a meeting on Saturday on the arrangements for the National Food Security Act in the state. The meeting was convened with officials of Department of Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Department of Cooperation. In the meeting, the CM directed the officers to amend the rules to determine whether ration shops operating under PDS received Rs 143 per quintal as transport fee. The meeting was attended by Minister of Agriculture and Cooperation Atul Bora and senior officials of the State Government.

The FCS&CA department in the state will now be funded from the government's budget. Which will be distributed to all gram panchayat cooperative societies in the state. The CM has said that such a move will help the economically weaker sections. CM Himanta Biswa Sarma also stressed on reducing the transportation cost of essential commodities. He said that from now on, cooperativesocieties will have to play the role of supervisors to ensure effective functioning under the Food Security Act in the state.

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