Assam has initiated the distribution of ration cards to over 42 lakh new beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA). Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma launched the distribution in his constituency Jalukbari, considering it a significant achievement in the government's efforts.
A total of 42,85,745 new beneficiaries will benefit from the NFSA in Assam, with ceremonial distribution events planned across the state. According to an official release, Chief Minister Sarma highlighted that every member of the ration card-holder families is entitled to receive 5 kgs of rice every month free of cost. This facility is available during the "anna sewa saptah," and for the current month, it will be accessible until January 31.
Sarma emphasized the government's commitment to achieving food security for all residents, particularly focusing on the disadvantaged sections of society. He mentioned that the income limit for availing ration cards has been increased from Rs 2 lakh per annum to Rs 4 lakh, ensuring broader coverage.
Ration card holders will also be eligible for benefits under schemes like Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana and Ayushman Bharat, along with the state's healthcare scheme Ayushman Asom. The Chief Minister outlined upcoming initiatives, including life insurance and accidental insurance coverage schemes for ration cardholders.
The distribution of new ration cards is set to include 10,73,479 households, contributing to the government's ongoing efforts to provide essential support to the people of Assam. Sarma noted that a significant portion of the beneficiaries has already received the cards, and the process for the remaining beneficiaries is underway.
(With Agency Inputs)