Various poverty eradication programmes have been initiated and implemented at different levels of the Panchayats. The crux of these programmes intends and expects marginal families to come up and get mainstreamed. In spite of many faceted intervention policies 9% of the population do not get adequate food according to NSSO (61st Survey). In the last Rural Household Survey (RHS), 3.5% of the population has reported that even one meal a day is not certain for them. Another 16.5% face difficulty in arranging two square meals a day for all the months in a year. So state government had made this special programme to support the livelihood of those poor by provides one square meal a day.


The state govt. in the Panchayat and Rural Development Department introduces the concept of Anti-Poverty sub-plan at the level of Panchayats. The policy guidelines for SAHAY has been conceptualized and formulated for sustainable and holistic development of the proper focusing on instruction for the segments of the population who do not have the means to access the benefits being provided under the different poverty alleviation and social security. One of the major expectations from those interaction is that every individual living within the respective areas of a gram Panchayats may remain totals face from hunger and is generally above the level of destination.


In our District, Purba Medinipur, The SAHAY is running from 03.06.2009 & is continuing till the date. At present food support is being provided to 792 person covering 37 Gram Panchayats of 16 nos. of Panchayat Samities. 103 nos. SAHAY-BANDHUs are engaged for arrangement of supply of food to Beneficiaries as on 31.03.2013.

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