Guwahati: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday formally inaugurated Anna Mahotsav at a function held in Nalbari, where he distributed free ration under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKY). Speaking on the occasion, CM Sarma commented that through the initiatives, emphasis is given to generate awareness about the PMGKY benefits so that targeted beneficiaries of Assam can be brought under the ambit of the scheme.
Mentionable is that in view of the corona crisis Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiated the PMGKY from April to June 2020 during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. After its success, the second phase was initiated from July to November last year. The third phase was announced during the second wave of the pandemic in which every ration card holder under national food security act is allowed to receive five kilogram of food grains from April to November 2021.
The State government has already taken steps to waive off micro finance loans to the beneficiaries as the process of waiving off is starting from November, revealed the saffron leader adding that it will also provide one lakh jobs to the youths of Assam. Sarma also informed that from the next year, the government will raise the number of Orunodoi beneficiaries, where in each constituency at least five thousand more beneficiaries will be created.
Talking about the development of Nalbari district, Sarma announced that an integrated deputy commissioner’s office would be built in a new location at a sprawling 22 bigha of land involving a financial outlay of rupees 50 crore. Moreover, a modern stadium will also be constructed with the same amount of expenditure. He also added that a well laid out network of drains with an estimated project cost of rupees 120 crore is also on the card.
In presence of State ministers Ranjeet Kr Dass, Chandra Mohan Patowary, Ajanta Neog, Parliamentarians Dilip Saikia, Queen Oja, legislators Jayanta Malla Baruah, Bhabesh Kalita, BJP organising secretary Phanindra Nath Sarma with other dignitaries, Sarma also announced that the Pagladia embankment will be transformed into a motorable road from Bijulighat to Tamulpur with the expenditure of rupees 150 crore.