Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution

Shri Ram Vilas Paswan thanks Prime Minister Narendra Modi for extension of free ration scheme under PMGKAY till November 2020


Additional 10% food grains have been allocated to States/UTs and more food grain will be provided as and when required : Shri Ram Vilas Paswan

Shri Paswan urges the States/UTs to pick the remaining food grains of previous months and speed up the distribution of food grains among beneficiaries

Posted On: 01 JUL 2020 5:57PM by PIB Delhi

The Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution Shri Ram Vilas Paswan todayheld a media briefing through video conference to provide details of provision, preparedness and necessary steps taken by the ministry for providing additional food grains @ /month 5kg/person free of cost to all beneficiaries (AAY and PHH) covered under Targeted Public Distribution System as per provision of NFSA (including those covered under DBT).Shri Paswan also thanked Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for extending this scheme till November end, so that poor and needy persons will not go hungry and get free ration during the rainy and forthcoming festival seasonsat the time of current Covid-19 pandemic.

Shri Paswan informed the media that the second phase of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana which is starting from today i.e. 01 July, 2020will be effective till November 2020. During this period, a total of 200 LMT grains will be distributed among 80 crore NFSA beneficiaries free of cost, as well as a total of 9.78 LMT gram will also be distributed among about 20 crore families. He informed that if both the schemes PMGKAY-1 and PMGKAY-2 are combined, the total expenditure will be around 1.5 lakh crore.

While briefing the press, Shri Paswan said that under this scheme, more than 80 crore NFSA beneficiaries of the country will continue to getadditional food grains @5kg/person/month and 1kg of gram to each family in addition to their monthly entitlement. In this regard, orders have been issued by the department for the State and UT governments on 30 June,2020 and all the State/UTs have been asked to start distribution of food grains with immediate effect for the next 5 months. He said presently an additional 10% extra food grains have been allocated to States/UTs and additional allocation of food grain will be provided as and when required by the States/UTs.

 

Food grains under PMGKAY

Rice/Wheat

While briefing the media about the status of the PMGKAY scheme for April, May and June, he said out of the total allocation of 119.82 LMT food grains, all States/UTs except Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Delhi have so far lifted 116.52 LMT grains. He said, as far the distribution of food grains is concerned – 93% food grains in April, 93% food grains in May and 75% food grainsin June is distributed and delivery for the month of June is still going on.

The following is the list of States/UTs under PMGKAY have distributed less than 90% of food grains in the month of April, May and June:-

 

State

Total allocation for 3 months(MT)

Total distribution in the 3 months (MT)

%distribution

Dadar, Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu

4,284

3,729

87%

Maharashtra

10,50,255

9,09,556

87%

Jharkhand

3,95,550

3,41,555

86%

Delhi

1,09,101

91,743

84%

Manipur

36,852

29,442

80%

Bihar

12,96,744

9,74,410

75%

Madhya Pradesh

8,19,630

5,58,808

68%

Sikkim

5,682

3,841

68%

West Bengal

9,02,757

531,,887

59%

 

Pulses

As regards Pulses, Shri Paswan informed that the total requirement for the three months i.e. from April to June was estimated at 5.87 LMT. So far, 5.80 LMT Pulses have been dispatched to States/UTs and 5.61 LMT have reached the States/UTs, while 4.49 LMT pulses has been distributed. A total of 08.76 LMT pulses (Toor- 3.77 LMT, Moong-1.14 LMT, Urad-2.28 LMT, Chana-1.30 LMT and Masur-0.27 LMT ) was available in the stock as on 18.6.2020.The Government of India is bearing 100% financial burden of approximately Rs 5,000 crore under this scheme.

The following are the States/UTs distributed less than 90% pulses in the month of April -

 

West Bengal

87.48%

Maharashtra

82.49%

Bihar

81.54%

Madhya Pradesh

66.60%

 

The following are the States/UTs distributed less than 90% pulses in the month of May -

Chhatisgarh

85.98%

Tripura

84.30%

Maharashtra

74.22%

Manipur

62.11%

Madhya Pradesh

50.70%

Mizoram

45.40%

Bihar

31.45%

West Bengal

0.00%

 

The following are the States/UTs distributed less than 90% pulses in the month of June -

 

Jharkhand

87.05%

Meghalaya

89.34%

Himachal Pradesh

85.99%

Punjab

81.78%

Haryana

80.35%

Karnataka

75.19%

Odisha

71.96%

Gujarat

63.67%

Rajasthan

66.39%

Ladakh

62.65%

Sikkim

61.64%

Chhattisgarh

59.77%

Mizoram

46.59%

Maharashtra

40.30%

Manipur

21.05%

Telangana

10.55%

Bihar

0%

Tripura

0%

Madhya Pradesh

0%

West Bengal

0%

 

The Minister informed that he has written letters to the Chief Ministers of all the States/UTs, requesting them to make necessary arrangements to implement the One Nation One Ration Card Scheme in their States/UTs. He said many States highlighted the challenges related to slow internet or limited connectivity, he assured that he will take up these issues with the DoT for appropriate solution and smooth implementation of One Nation One Ration Card across the country.

While concluding his briefing Shri Paswan appreciated the officials of both the departments of the Ministry, workers of Food corporation of India and NAFED for completing the challenging task of food distribution and thanked Railways for their support in distribution and delivery of food grains in the challenging time ofCovid-19 pandemic.

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