The Fact News Service
Ludhiana, May 31
Under the Atma Nirbhar Scheme, the Punjab government has decided to provide ration to those persons who are not covered under the smart card scheme of the state government. Under this scheme, more than 14.15 lakh persons would be covered in Punjab.
This scheme was formally launched on behalf of Punjab Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu by his wife and MC Councillor Mamta Ashu. Ludhiana (East) MLA Sanjay Talwar was the guest of honour on the occasion. ADC (Development) Amrit Singh, MC Joint Commissioner Swati Tiwana, DFSCs Sukhwinder Singh Gill and Harveen Kaur were also present on the occasion.
While speaking on the occasion, Mamta Ashu said that the Punjab government has decided to provide free ration to needy persons, labourers, migrant labourers, registered labourers and brick kiln workers who are not covered under the smart card scheme of the state government. The beneficiaries would be identified by the District Administration.
Under the Atma Nirbhar scheme, each needy person would be distributed 10 kg wheat, one kg pulses (daal) and one kg sugar per person. Under this scheme, other than migrant labourers, registered labourers, brick kiln workers have also been included. They said that around 14.15 lakh persons would be covered under this scheme in the state, out of which 5.86 lakh would be from district Ludhiana alone.
She said that the Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Department Punjab is committed in supplying all essential commodities to the residents. She said that even ration kits containing 10 kg atta, 2 kg pulses, 2 kg sugar have also been prepared by the department and around 17 lakh such kits have been distributed in different parts of the state to people not having smart cards and to migrant workers.
Mamta Ashu said that the department is working hard to ensure that ration reaches every needy person on time and no person sleeps hungry. She informed that in district Ludhiana alone, more than 6 lakh such kits were distributed.