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Food minister Sushanta Chowdhury mulling to implement bunch of decisions for people’s welfare


By TC News Desk

Agartala, March 29: Millet will meet the rationing system in Tripura. Tripura government is thinking like this. Moreover, the BJP-IPFT coalition government has decided to set up district-wise food department infrastructure, convert ration cards into smart cards, convert 765 ration shops into model ration shops and bring ration dealers and their family members under health insurance. Above all, the Tripura government will try to convert the Food and Population Department into a corporation.

Minister Sushanta Chowdhury announced a bunch of decisions of the Food and Civil Supplies department in a press conference at the Secretariat on Wednesday.

On this day, he said, people in Tripura are not deprived of ration items. Everyone is getting ration material on time. According to him, mustard oil will be supplied in ration very soon as part of the pre-election promise. Such a decision has been taken. Also, following the footsteps of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Tripura government will insist on increasing the use of millets. He claimed that Tripura government is going to decide to provide millet in ration because, the people of the poor section are not deprived of the benefits of Millet, the necessary steps are being thought of.

According to the Food Minister, currently the work of the Food and Civil Supplies Department is going on in the offices of each Sub-Divisional magistrate. Apart from the director’s office, the department has no infrastructure of its own. Therefore, it has been decided that the infrastructure of district-wise food department will be developed. Subdivisions will be facilitated to work through districts. He also added that the ration card book has been going on for the past several decades. Many times consumers have to face difficulties when the book is torn. Therefore, a plan has been taken to convert the ration card into a smart card.

On this day he said that there are 2048 ration shops in Tripura. Among them, 765 ration shops will be converted into model ration shops. For that, the food department will give financial assistance of Rs 10,000 to each ration dealer. Dealers have to bear the rest of the cost to modernize the ration shop.

Minister Chowdhury has announced a historic step of the Food Department today. He said that the Department of Food and Civil Supplies will set up corporation. The office will be fine, the corporation will extend a hand of cooperation. In this case, along with the food director, the management director of the corporation will also take forward the work of the food department. He claimed that the business will be done with the help of the corporation. As transport, electricity, agriculture department is doing business with the help of corporation. He said clearly, the public distribution system will not be transferred to the corporation. The Government of Tripura will be responsible for the overall management of the public distribution system.

Meanwhile, Ration Mitra will deliver the ration to the homes of senior consumers, the food department has a similar plan. According to him, there are many elderly consumers who go on rations and face difficulties in procuring items. For them, Ration Mitra will deliver the goods to their homes. He also added that the Tripura government has decided to bring 2048 ration dealers and their families under health insurance. The Department of Food and Population will take necessary measures in this regard very soon.

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