AIZAWL: Mizoram Sports Minister Robert Romawia Royte in a great act of charity has resolved to bear the ration expenses of the poor people of their area as they have been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis and the resulting lockdown.
The 55-year-old Royte, who represents Aizawl East-II in the 2018 Mizoram Assembly polls, has revealed that he will bear the ration expenses of over 11,000 poor people of his constituency for eight months through his own savings.
The Minister said that he would bear the ration expenses of 11,087 Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and Priority Household (PHH) beneficiaries eligible for availing subsidized food grains from public distribution system under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) irrespective of party affiliation in seven localities within Aizawl East-II constituency.
From May to December Roy will bear the expenses of the poor through his monthly salary saved for helping the needy.
The Minister has already borne the ration expenses of the 11,087 people for the month of May.
Talking to reporters, Royte said that he has been saving his monthly salary for the poor since he was elected to the State Assembly in 2018.
He has made plans to purchase 4,89,120kg of rice for an estimated amount of Rupees 15 lakh for the purchase of rice for eight months. He would continue with the good cause if necessary.
Royte also holds an Information and Communication Technology, and Tourism portfolio in the Mizo National Front (MNF) led government.
C. Vulluaia, a former law minister, also assisted over 500 poor families within his locality – Dawrpui Vengthar in Aizawl – by bearing their ration expenses for May.
Copyright©2023 Living Media India Limited. For reprint rights: Syndications Today