“ Free Rice " ,Who Else Wants To Know How To Assam Villagers’ Lifeline ?




“Free Rice" relevant some information which is being shown in Assam right now




Baba Ghorachowa, a cook of a hotel in Upper Assam’s Sivasagar town, returned to his village, around 25km from his workplace, on March 23, the day Assam announced a weeklong lockdown which was later extended by the Centre till April 14.



Government's free rice is the only way to live


Since March 23, Baba has been confined to his home like other villagers. With no work at hand and no money in their pocket the only way of subsistence for his four-member family is government’s free rice, charity of other individuals and vegetables or herbs in his backyard.



Received free government ration


“We got free rice (5kg per head) given by the government at the end of March. After that the zila parishad president, who is from our village, distributed packets containing around 2kg potato, half litre of mustard oil and 1kg salt among us,” he said.



Depends on free rice


Like Baba, lakhs of workers in the state these days have no option but to depend on free rice distributed by the government.



Free rice under the NFSA Act


In the last budget, the Ass-am government annou-nced that from April poor families would get rice free under the National Food Security Act (NFSA). Earlier, every family used to get rice at Rs 1 per kg.



Center free delivery approval


The Centre had also sanctioned free distribution of 5kg rice per head for three months which is yet to reach people.



Sufficient food grains for sorghum during the lockdown period


Nearly 80 per cent of Assam’s population are covered under the NFSA. Assam’s food and civil supplies minister Phani Bhushan Choudhury recently said the state had enough foodgrain to tide over the lockdown period.



Hope things go well after a week


“As of now we have received our quota of rice for the month of March. It is a tough time for all of us. No one ever imagined that a disease will affect us this way. Hope things will be okay after a week,” Baba said



Declaration of Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma over a government employee



Although his village has at least four government employees, charity eludes them. Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma recently announced the government’s decision not to cut salaries of government employees. He, however, appealed to government staff to help the poor families during the lockdown period.



Those who do not have ration card.  Help from district administration


There are many workers in the state who do not even have ration cards. Poor women who had Jan Dhan accounts have recently received the first instalment of Rs 500 from the Centre. The district administrations have stepped in when there are people without ration cards.



Assam BJP also appealed for help



Assam BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass had also appealed to its workers to help out such people.



Migrant laborers are getting help from the administration





In Golaghat, some migrant labourers working in brick kilns and some other factories who could not return home and are jobless now are receiving relief items from the administration. “All our fair price shops are distributing free rice,” vice-chairman of the Goalpara municipality board, Gopi Ghose, said.



Ignore deposit of money in the accounts of poor families


Asked about depositing money in accounts of the poor families, he said: “This will take another two days due to various technical problems.”




Traders of Kashmir and Bengal in Goalpara


There are no report of stranded people in Goalpara except those seasonal businessmen who arrive in the state from Kashmir and Bengal to sell their products.




Police of Dibrugarh help a maid


On Tuesday, the police in Dibrugarh had to step in to stop owner of a house from forcing her tenant, a maid, to vacate as she was unable to pay the monthly rent.

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  1. Gosh!!why this corona happened 😣 poor is suffering more. I pray this pandemic ends soon so that poor can eat and sleep well.🌺🌹🌷🦋

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