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May 04, 2021

28 States, UTs start lifting food grains from FCI for free distribution to poor under PMGKAY

Government today said that 28 States and Union Territories have started lifting food grains from Food Corporation of India depots for free distribution of food grains to poor under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana.
Last month, Centre had decided to provide free food-grains to nearly 80 crore beneficiaries covered under National Food Security Act, NFSA in the month of May and June.
Under this scheme, five kilogram per person per month food grains will be provided to the NFSA beneficiaries belonging to both Antyodaya Anna Yojana and Priority Householders categories.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stressed that it is important that the poor people of the country have nutritional support when the country is facing the second wave of coronavirus.
Consumers Affairs Ministry said, Food Corporation of India has already positioned sufficient food grains in all States and UTs for successful implementation of the scheme.
It said, till Monday, 28 States and UTs have started lifting foodgrains from Food Corporation of India depots and Rs. 5.88 lakh tonnes of food grains have been supplied for further distribution to beneficiaries.
Lakshadweep has completely lifted May and June allocation whereas Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have already lifted 100 percent of May allocation.
The Ministry said, rest of the States and UTs have also been sensitized to immediately start the lifting the foodgrains under the scheme.
It has advised them to encourage migrant NFSA beneficiaries for using the facility of portability under One Nation One Ration Card plan.
The Ministry said, Centre will bear the entire cost on implementation of this scheme, without any sharing by States and Union Territories. 

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