JAMSHEDPUR: The state government has come up with ' Cash Grain Bank ' measure to fight cases of hunger and allotted Rs 6.67 crore as contingent fund for the financial year 2017-18.
The amounts will be used to supply food grains to poor people identified as going without food for days.
Under the scheme, all 4400 panchayats in the state will recive Rs 10,000 each while the DCs will get Rs 5 lakh each from the the contingent funds.
"It is a maiden step to fight cases of hunger and depending on the requirement, more funds will be earmarked in future," Rai said, addressing a press conference here on Sunday.Notably, the state has recorded over half a dozen cases of alleged hunger deaths in the past few years and the government has been trying to check such incidents.
"Any person living without food for long days in rural areas can approach the local panchayat for help and the particular panchayat will immediately buy grain from the market and provide it to that person by utilizing the funds made available to it under the grain bank scheme," food and consumer affairs minister Saryu Rai said.The DC concerned will keep track of the fund's utilization and depending on requirement, the Rs 5 lakh parked with him will be released to the panchayats to keep the cash pool intact.
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