Nashik, May 27 : State Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Chhagan Bhujbal has informed that the distribution of food grains has started smoothly from 52 thousand 428 ration shops across the state. Between May 1 and May 25, 1 crore 44 lakh 75 thousand 735 ration card holders in the state were allotted 65 lakh 80 thousand 330 quintals of food grains. About 27 lakh 28 thousand 502 Shivbhojan plates have been distributed, Mr Bhujbal said in a statement on Tuesday. The number of eligible beneficiaries in both ration cards, both Antyodaya and Priority Family Beneficiaries under the National Food Security Scheme in the state, is around 7 crore.
These beneficiaries are given the benefit of the public distribution system through 52 thousand 428 cheap food shops. About 19 lakh 77 thousand 191 quintals of wheat, 15 lakh 18 thousand 925 quintals of rice and 21 thousand 98 quintals of sugar have been distributed in the state under this scheme. At the same time, about 3 lakh 99 thousand 579 ration card holders who have migrated but are stuck in the state due to lockdown have taken food grains online under the government's portability system where they live. Under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, it is planned to provide 5 kg of rice per beneficiary free of cost per month from April to June. Since May 4, a total of 1 crore 3 lakh 71 thousand 825 ration cards have been distributed free rice. 23 lakh 30 thousand 400 quintals of rice has been distributed to 4 crore 66 lakh 8 thousand population on this ration card.
The State Government has decided to provide 3 crore 08 lakh 44 thousand 076 APL Kesari beneficiaries for the 2 months of May and June 2020 at a discounted rate of 5 kg of grain (Rs 8 per kg of wheat and Rs 12 per kg of rice) for the solution of Covid-19 crisis. The distribution of this grain has started from 24th April 2020 and till now, 7 lakh 53 thousand 810 quintals of grain has been distributed. The Prime Minister's Poor Welfare Food Scheme provides for 1 kg of free dal (tur or chana dal) per ration card. About 51 thousand 798 quintals of pulses have been distributed under this scheme. From 1st May to 25th May, 27 lakh 28 thousand 502 Shivbhojan thals have been distributed from 822 Shivbhojan Kendras at the rate of Rs 5 per thali. Also, action is being taken against shopkeepers who sell at inflated rates due to scarcity. (UNI)