Krishna District Collector B. Lakshmikantam on Monday announced that finger millet would be supplied instead of rice to the beneficiaries in the areas where cases of kidney ailments and diabetes were being reported in Krishna district.

Briefing the newsmen on the sidelines of the weekly grievance cell here, Mr. Lakshmikantam has said that the State government has accepted the proposal to supply finger millet in the mandals of A. Konduru, Gampalagudem and Tiruvuru in western Krishna district. “Three kilograms of finger millet will be given to each ration card holder to ensure nutritious diet from August. The aim is to cover a total of 60,837 families in the identified three mandals ,” the Collector said.

Target group

The Civil Supplies Department authorities have been directed to ensure the new initiative benefits the Lambada tribe which forms a significant part of the population in these mandals.

The District Rural Development Authorities have already identified the beneficiaries of the special pension offered to those suffering from kidney ailments in the district. “In many cases, the State government is yet to release the pension to the kidney patients and the DRDA authorities are working on it,” said Mr. Lakshmikantam.

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