UP government on Sunday decided to distribute the relief package to drought-hit people of Bundelkhand every month. Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had announced the package during his tour of the region last week.
The package, comprising 10 kg flour, 5 kg rice, 5 kg chana, 25 kg potato, 5 litres mustard oil and 1 kg desi ghee, will be distributed to 2.3 lakh families identified under the Antyodaya scheme.
The package would be in addition to foodgrains which are being provided to people in the region at subsidised rates of Rs 2 and Rs 3 per kg under the Food Security Act. The Samajwadi Party government has announced relief for Bundelkhand after facing criticism from opposition for not doing enough for the people of the region. The other relief measures announced include increasing the number of work days under MGNREGS, extending Samajwadi Pension scheme to all eligible families and 24 hours power supply.
During his tour of Mahoba and Chitrakoot last week, Akhilesh had warned that district administration officials would be held responsible if any farmer in thergion commits suicide. He had also directed officials to provide adequate drinking water and fodder for cattle.
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