Assam Agriculture minister says no shortage of essential commodities

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“Their is no shortage of essential commodities in the state and in coming days during lockdown, we will not have any problem. “…

Bureau 

Dibrugarh, 17th April:

Assam agriculture minister on Thursday said that 87 per cent beneficiaries were given free rice under National Food Security Act so far in nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Addressing a press conference at circut house here, Bora said that their is sufficient amount of food stocks in the state. “Their is no shortage of essential commodities in the state and in coming days during lockdown we will not have any problem. Today we held a meeting with traders where all the concerned persons from the department were present and a discussion was held regarding the smooth running of essential commodities in the state,” Bora said.

When asked about the losses in the agriculture sector of Assam due of lockdown, Bora replied that they are finding the losses faced in the agriculture sector. “Under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Rs 2000 and under Mukhya Mantri Krishi Sa-Sajuli Yojana or CM Farm Tool Scheme Rs 2500 was released for the poor farmers of the state. We are very much concerned about our farmers and they are the backbone of our economy,” Bora stated.

However, a review meeting was held at Dibrugarh Circut house regarding the stock of food stocks in the state.

Minister of food and civil supplies and consumer affairs, Phani Bhusan Choudhury said that they are very much sure that there should not be any shortage in the state during the extended lockdown.

When asked about the black marking done by the traders during lockdown period, he said they are looking into the matter. “Already district administration has been looking into the matter and if anyone found doing black marketing during the lockdown period, then action would be taken against the traders,” he said.

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