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Around 21,600 families in west district listed for relief food package

Tuesday, Apr 07, 2020 14:00 [IST]

Last Update: Tuesday, Apr 07, 2020 08:26 [IST]

Around 21,600 families in west district listed for relief food package

Minister Sharma directs relief materials to reach all BACs in West by today

KUSH HANG LEEWANG
GEYZING: Agriculture minister L.N. Sharma today said the relief food packages from the State government should reached the needy families in West Sikkim expeditiously. He directed the Food department to disperse the available relief materials to all the block administrative centres of west district by April 7.
The minister was speaking at the meeting here in Geyzing with officials from the district administration and Food department.
Minister Sharma maintained the distribution of the relief materials got delayed due to lack of transportation facilities and difficulties in procurement of the commodities during the national lockdown. He also took note of the preparedness of west district administration while dealing with COVID-19 and ongoing lockdown.
Sharma appreciated the dedication of the west district administration and expressed that it was due to the preparedness by the west district administration, West Sikkim is safe so far.
DC (west) Karma R. Bonpo informed that the relief materials would be provided to the beneficiaries in a phase-wise manner through the block administration centres and every panchayat ward would initiate the distribution of rations considering the convenience of the people. He added that rations available in godowns are being sent to the block administration centres and the beneficiaries are being identified.
Bonpo informed that the priority would be given to the BPL families and around 21,600 families in west district have been enrolled in the beneficiary list for the food relief package. He also briefed the meeting about the steps taken by the administration regarding prevention of COVID-19 cases and ongoing lockdown.
The DC mentioned that transit centres for the drivers who are permitted to ferry essential goods from Siliguri could be established considering health safety concerns.
SP (west) TenzingLoden Lepcha informed about the law and order situation in West Sikkim. He shared that adequate police and IRBpersonnel have been deployed in the west district to enforce the prohibitory orders during the lockdown period. He informed that concertina wire fencing would be done at different access points of bordering areas of West Sikkim.
CMO (west) Dr.Anusha Lama spoke on availability of necessary medicines and informed that medicines have been made available to almost all the PHCs and PHSCs across the district.
Later speaking to media, the Agriculture minister appealed the farmers to continue with their farming as the lockdown will not affect the agriculture sector. “I would like to request the farming community to continue with their agricultural activities. Maintaining the precautionary measures, the farmers can work on their fields even during the lockdown”, he said.
Sharma assured all help to the farmers to sell their products in coordination with SIMFED and the Farmers Producers Organizations (FPO). “There are 28 FPOs in the State and the provisions will be made to facilitate the farmers for marketing their products. The cultivators should not suffer due to lack of marketing facilities", he said.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi