LUCKNOW: Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced that the Uttar Pradesh government would provide free food material, including flour, rice and lentil, to over two lakh 'antyodaya' families in drought-hit Bundelkhand region.
The chief minister had launched distribution of 'Samajwadi' relief material in Mahoba and Chitrakoot districts last month, an official spokesman said. Under the relief programme, every 'antyodaya' family would be provided 10 kg flour, five kg rice, five kg lentil, 25 kg potato, five litre mustard oil, one kg pure ghee and one kg milk powder every month, the spokesman said.
The relief material would be provided to 2.3 lakh 'poorest of the poor' families in all seven districts of Bundelkhand region, he said.
The drought-prone Bundelkhand region is spread across 13 districts in UP and MP. Jhansi, Jalaun, Hamirpur, Banda, Mahoba, Chitrakoot and Lalitpur districts fall in UP, while the rest in MP. The National Human Rights Commission had recently sought reports from the governments of the two states over the plight of people living in drought-hit Bundelkhand region.