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Street dwellers, the homeless need Aadhaar/EPIC for NFSA benefits

Shillong, June 15: Now, street dwellers, rag pickers and homeless people have to provide Aadhaar or EPIC to get benefits under the National Food Security Act (NFSA).

The state government has launched a special drive to identify the NFSA beneficiaries. During identification and verification, submission of Aadhaar or EPIC of the applicant is mandatory, East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner Isawanda Laloo said on Tuesday.

Among the beneficiaries are street dwellers, rag pickers, hawkers, migrant labourers, homeless people, commercial sex workers and persons with disabilities.

Laloo said the special drive will be carried out by the office of the DC (Supply) in coordination with departments concerned and local headmen.

She said recommendation for inclusion under NFSA will be after proper verification as per the SOPs, (exclusion parameter for PHH category and inclusion parameter for AAY category), issued by the Directorate of Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs on October 19, 2020.

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