West Kameng deputy commissioner Karma Leki on Monday spelt out the economic and welfare measures for the BPL families and others in order to mitigate the lockdown hardships.

Addressing a meeting held with the task force in-charges at his office here, the DC said under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Ann Yojana, 1 kg pulse and 5 kg rice would be given to the BPL/AAY families every month for three months besides free LPG for 3 months under the Ujjawala scheme.

“The state government would also be supporting the BPL families by giving Rs 1000 as one-time aid while state’s agriculture department would ensure disbursement of rupees six thousand to the farmers under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sammaan Yojana in the district,” Leki said.

Under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, an amount of Rs 500 would be credited into the accounts of the women account holders every month for three months and the divyangjans, poor citizens and widows would receive an amount of Rs 1000 each under social justice and empowerment.

The DC further informed that non-governmental workers in unorganized sectors registered with the Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board would be given Rs 2000  each.

There will also be an enhancement in the MNREGA wages from rupees 192 to 205 and collateral-free loans to self-help groups have been increased substantially from Rs 10 lakh to 20 lakh.

Provisions under SDRF have also been made to support people those who lost livelihood during the lockdown period, DC Leki said.

Further for the convenience of the people, necessary directions have been issued for the availability of cash in banks and ATMs.

The information was later made known to the people through mobile town broadcasting.


Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: lepcharaul@gmail.com