Aurangabad/Mumbai, Apr 12: Maharashtra State Civil Supply and consumer protection Minister Chhagan Bhujbal on Sunday said that the state government Public Distribution System's (PDS) 52425 shops across the state has set a record of distributing 31,81,700 quintals of grains through ration shops to the 11684827 card holders amid past 11 days of lockdown.
Mr Bhujbal said that action was being taken against the shopkeepers who were selling grains at a high prices.
The number of eligible beneficiaries in both ration cards, Antyodaya and Priority Family Beneficiaries under the National Food Security Scheme in the state, is about seven crore. These beneficiaries are benefited by PDS through 52485 ration shops spread across the state.
About 16,20,190 quintals of wheat, 12,53,884 quintals of rice and 14,817 quintals of sugar have been distributed.
Along with this, around 5,52,170 migrant card holders who are stranded in the state amid due to lockdown, have taken food online through the government's portability system at the place where they live.
Under Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Food Scheme, from April to June, it is planned to give 5 kg rice free per beneficiary per month. 35082 Metric tonnes rice is being taken by the Food Corporation of India for this scheme. This free grain will be made available in April as well as in May and June, the minister added. (UNI)