Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma participated in the ceremonial distribution of ration cards to beneficiaries of the National Food Security Act at Chakimukh Higher Secondary School Playground in Nazira, Sivasagar district. A total of 8,411 beneficiary families in the Nazira Legislative Assembly Constituency received ration cards, in addition to the existing 43,692 families, bringing the total to 52,103.
During the event, Chief Minister Sarma highlighted the government’s decision to increase the income limit for eligibility from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 4 lakh per annum. This change allowed more families, especially from disadvantaged sections, to benefit from the National Food Security Act.
Himanta Biswa Sarma emphasized the government’s commitment to ensuring that ration card holders enjoy all benefits under NFSA. He mentioned initiatives like Anna Sewa Saptah, which has shown positive impacts across the state. Ration cards now offer more than just rice distribution, with eligibility for schemes like Ayushman Bharat, providing medical benefits of Rs 5 lakh per family, and the Ujjwala scheme.
The Chief Minister mentioned exploring possibilities for the enrolment of ration card holders in accidental death insurance and life insurance. He expressed his aspiration to include all ration card holders as beneficiaries of the Orunodoi scheme by 2026.
Sarma highlighted the transparent recruitment process for government jobs and the ongoing Mission Basundhara 2.0, which aims to allot land patta to many applicants by the next month. Ministers Ranoj Pegu and Jogen Mohan, Parliamentarian Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, and Members of Legislative Assembly Taranga Gogoi and Dharmeswar Konwar also attended the occasion.