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Government of India
Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
03-September-2012 13:40 IST
Additional Allocation Under PDS
Considering the surplus stocks of foodgrains in the Central Pool and requests received from States/UTs for higher/additional allocation, Government has made an adhoc additional allocation of 50 lakh tons of foodgrains to all the States/UTs in July 2012 for distribution to the additional BPL families at BPL prices upto March, 2013. The estimated gross subsidy on account of the above additional allocation is Rs. 8411.248 crore. Further, in pursuance of the directions of Hon’ble Supreme Court and as per the recommendations of the Committee headed by Justice (Retd.) D.P. Wadhwa, Government has made additional allocation of 17.66 lakh tons of foodgrains during the current year for the additional Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) families in the poorest districts in States. The estimated additional subsidy on the above allocation is Rs. 3042.244 crore. This information was given by Prof. K.V. Thomas, Minister for Consumer Affairs Food and Public Distribution System in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

The Minister said that under Open Market Sales Scheme (Domestic), Government has also approved additional allocation of 30 lakh tons of wheat for tender sale to bulk consumers for the period July 2012 to March 2013. In addition, balance quantity from the wheat allocation of 15 lakh tons made for the period October 2011 to September 2012 has also been allowed to be sold to bulk consumers through tenders. Out of this, 26.02 lakh tons of wheat has been offered for sale in different States, so far, he added.