Amma Hastam: non-arrival of a few items worries officials

G. Nagaraja
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Scheme envisages supply of nine essential goods to BPL families

Welfare agenda:Workers packing essential goods meant for distribution to BPL families as part of the Amma Hastam programme, in Eluru. —Photo: A.V.G. Prasad
Welfare agenda:Workers packing essential goods meant for distribution to BPL families as part of the Amma Hastam programme, in Eluru. —Photo: A.V.G. Prasad

Bottlenecks in the supply of certain essential commodities to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) families under the Amma Hastam, a populist scheme scheduled to be launched in the district on April 16, keep the administration on tenterhooks.

The official machinery is gearing up for the launch of the programme all over the district simultaneously. Nine items — one kg red gram, 1 litre palmolein oil, 1 kg whole meal flour, a similar quantity of wheat and iodised salt, half kg each sugar and tamarind, quarter kg chilli powder and 100 gm turmeric powder — all packed in a carry bag with images of the former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, and Chief Minister N. Kirankumar Reddy are to be provided to each BPL family for a price of just Rs. 185.

What is worrying the official machinery is non-arrival of at least two items — iodised salt and tamarind — though only two days are left for the big launch.

The district administration is bound to extend the scheme to 11.20 lakh families holding white ration cards.

“Initially, we are planning to cover only 25 per cent of the total BPL families in the district because of certain teething problems and procurement constraints,” said M. Lakshminarayana, District Supplies Officer. The items extended by the government under the scheme are expected to feed a five-member family for half a month.

Personnel of the Department of Civil Supplies placed orders for salt from Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu and tamarind from Vizianagaram district well in advance.

The official top brass are keeping their fingers crossed over the arrival of the items in time so that the launching programme will go off smoothly.

“With as many as five holidays in the first half of the month, the packing and transport of the items from the manufacturing points are getting hampered. We are hopeful of accomplishing our task in spite of the constraints,” says Salim Khan, District Manager, Civil Supplies Department.

The district-level personnel from the department are procuring all the nine items from different sources at their individual level.

Red gram was procured from Khammam, Krishna, and Guntur, chilli from Guntur, wheat from the Food Corporation of India, meal flour from the flour mills at Dowaleswaram and palmolein oil from Kakinada.

  • District administration gearing up to launch the scheme on April 16

  • Holidays hamper packaging and transport of items from source points

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