Khadya Sathi: Food security for Bangla

In the last seven years, the Bangla Government has ensured food security for 90% of the State’s population. Khadya Sathi is one of the flagship programmes of the Bangla Government, implemented by the Food & Supplies Department.

In fact, managing a targeted public distribution system (TPDS) and procurement of paddy and rice at MSP to prevent distressed sale are the principal activities of this department, and the Khadya Sathi Scheme is an integral part of these activities.

The major challenge is to ensure the reach of subsidised foodgrains to the poorest of the poor.

Beneficiaries increased manifold

In financial year (FY) 2010-11, 2.74 crore people in Bangla were getting rice at Rs 2 per kg. This covered only the people under below poverty line (BPL) and Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) categories. In order to improve the access to food for the vulnerable sections, the coverage was increased manifold in the following seven years by the Trinamool Congress Government.

The flagship programme, Khadya Sathi was launched in January 2016. As of now, it ensures food security for around 8.59 crore people. Out of this, 7.20 crore people belonging to disadvantaged sections of society, who get rice and wheat at Rs 2 per kg and the comparatively well-off 1.39 crore people get foodgrains at half the market price.

Special categories

Out of the 7.2 crore people, 48.07 lakh beneficiaries are covered under special packages for the Jangalmahal region, Cyclone Aila-affected families, unwilling land-giving farmers of Singur, workers and non-workers of closed tea gardens, Hill areas, Toto tribe (staying in Totopara), and other destitute and homeless people. The achievement shows the exponential growth in coverage of people under PDS.

Special package for severely acute malnourished children

Part of the Khadya Sathi Scheme is a special package for severely acute malnourished (SAM) children. This nutrition programme is implemented in association with Health & Family Welfare Department. As part of this, from FY 2014-15, free-of-cost nutritional support is being provided to approximately 5,200 SAM category children and their mothers. The package consists of 5 kg rice, 2.5 kg wheat, 1 kg masoor dal and 1kg Bengal gram per month.

Thus, through the Khadya Sathi scheme, Mamata Banerjee-led Bangla Government is ensuring nutritional security for people of all ages across the length and breadth of the State. Access to proper food is no longer an issue now.

WB CM in north Bengal – Bouquet of projects for Jalpaiguri district

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee, on her 4-day visit to north Bengal, addresses a public rally today at Malbazar (Jalpaiguri district). She launched the ‘Sabuj Sathi’ scheme in the district. Under this scheme 40 lakh students in the State will receive bicycles.

Today, the Chief Minister inaugurated a slew of projects for Jalpaiguri district including Farmers’ mart at Belakoba, Mal and Maynaguri, Tourist lodge at West Damdim, Neora and Mangalbari, Plastic cluster at Dabgram,new sub-station at Gajaldoba, Pather Sathi and helipad at Chalsa, tourist assistance centres, girls’ hostel, public health check up centre, workshop of NBSTC at Matigara.

She also laid the foundation stone for the development of Rabindra Bhavan at Jalpaiguri, new sub-station at Jalpaiguri Sadar, Karma Tirtha and Eco Park at Matiyali block, food godown at Belakoba, piped drinking water projects  for Maynaguri, Dhupguri and Matiyali blocks, Hindi high school at Matiyali block, Karma Tirtha at Ambari-Flakata, Adivasi Bhavan at Matiyali block, boys’ hostel at Matiyali block.

That apart, she also distributed benefits under various schemes like Kanyashree, Nijo Bhumi Nijo Griha, agricultural pattas, grants to farmers for purchasing equipment, training and tools to artisans among others.

Sabuj Sathi scheme for Alipurduar launched today by WB CM

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee, on her 4-day visit to north Bengal, today addressed a public rally at the Parade Ground, Alipurduar, at 3 PM. She launched the Sabuj Sathi scheme in the district, a scheme where 40 lakh cycles were distributed among the students of the State.

Today, the West Bengal Chief Minister flaged off the AC Bus service between Siliguri-Badogra-Alipurduar. She also inaugurated 33/11 KV power sub-station, a helipad near Jayanti, pipelined water supply projects and a motel among many others.

The foundation stone of an Ayush hospital in the district was laid today. The Chief Minister also laid foundation stones for Karma Tirthas, water supply projects, girls’ hostels, the Birpara Fire Brigade, the Toto Cultural Centre at Totopara among a bouquet of developmental projects.

Besides distributing cycles to students under the Sabuj Sathi scheme, the West Bengal Chief Minister gave away several benefits to the people of the district.