Aurangabad/Mumbai, Apr 17: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Friday directed all the district guardian ministers to look into the problems being faced by the citizens over the food rationing amidst the ongoing lockdown in the state.
Several complaints were received regarding the government's haphazard approach to distributing food grains in the state as several PDS agents are either hoarding the ration leading to a shortage of essentials or charging a higher price.
Addressing the issue, Mr Pawar in a press release issued today said that the state government is arranging for the supply of adequate quantity.
Foodgrains meant for rationing has been increased from 3.87 lakh metric tonnes to 7.74 lakh metric tonnes at present, the press release stated, adding that an additional 1.52 lakh metric tonnes of grain have been made available to Kesari cardholders.
The essentials need to be distributed fairly amongst the poor to ensure that nobody starves, Mr Pawar said.
The Deputy Chief Minister then applauded the system, saying that the governing system is doing its best in the face of the corona crisis in the state.
Through the food and civil supply department of the state, seven crore citizens are being provided wheat at Rs 2 per kg for three months and Rs 3 per kg from rice ration shops. Allocation of 5 kg of free rice announced by the Central Government is also underway, he added. (UNI)