State Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Chhagan Bhujbal has informed that the distribution of food grains has started smoothly from 52,428 ration shops across the state. In the month of May, over 1.47 crore ration card holders in the state were allotted 69,65,700 quintals of food grains, while the government has served as many as 29,46,911 Shiv Bhojan thalis.
The number of eligible beneficiaries in both ration cards, both Antyodaya and Priority Family Beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act Scheme (NFSA) in the state, is around 7 crore. These beneficiaries are given the benefit of public distribution system through 52,428 cheap food shops. About 20 lakh quintals of wheat, 15 lakh quintals of rice and 21,453 quintals of sugar have been distributed in the state under this scheme. At the same time, about 4,15,276 ration card holders who have migrated but are stuck in the state due to lockdown have taken food grains online under the government’s portability system where they live.
Under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PM-GKAY), it is planned to provide 5 kg of rice per beneficiary free of cost per month from April to June. Since May 4, a total of 1,15,34,292 ration cards have been distributed free rice. 25,91,580 quintals of rice has been distributed to 5,18,31, 676 population on this ration card.
The state government has decided to provide to APL Kesari beneficiaries food grains at a discounted rate of 5 kg of grain (Rs 8 per kg of wheat and Rs 12 per kg of rice) for the 2 months of May and June 2020 for the solution of Covid-19 crisis.
The distribution of this grain has started from 24th April and till now, 8,18,090 quintals of grain has been distributed. The prime Minister’s poor welfare food scheme provides for 1 kg of free dal (tur or chana dal) per ration card. About 59,012 quintals of pulses have been distributed under this scheme. While over 29 lakh Shiv Bhojan thalis have been served. At the same time, the govt is distributing 5 kg rice for free for the months of May and June.