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  India   All India  25 Mar 2020  Cabinet hikes monthly quota of foodgrains to ensure regular supply during the lockdown

Cabinet hikes monthly quota of foodgrains to ensure regular supply during the lockdown

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Published : Mar 25, 2020, 8:05 pm IST
Updated : Mar 25, 2020, 8:05 pm IST

Government to supply 5 kg of foodgrains per month to over 80 crore people at a highly subsidised price under the National Food Security Act

Representational Image. (AFP)
 Representational Image. (AFP)

New Delhi: To ensure sufficient supply during the lockdown owing to the COVID-19 outbreak, the central government on Wednesday decided to increase the monthly quota of subsidised foodgrains by 2 kg to 7 kg per person through ration shops for 80 crore beneficiaries.

A decision in this regard was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) headed by prime minister Narendra Modi.

 

"The government has decided to provide 7 kg per person of foodgrains to 80 crore people under the Public Distribution System (PDS)," Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar told media persons after the Cabinet meeting.

"The cost of wheat is Rs 27/kg, which will be provided at a subsidised rate of Rs 2/kg, while the cost of rice is about Rs 32/kg but will be supplied at Rs 3/kg through ration shops," he said.

All states have been asked to take foodgrains from the Centre in advance for distribution through the PDS, he added.

Under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), the government is supplying 5 kg of foodgrains per month to over 80 crore people at a highly subsidised price.

The decision to allocate additional foodgrains through the PDS has been taken as state-run Food Corporation of India (FCI) is saddled with wheat and rice stock.

With some foodgrains stock kept in open space, the FCI is under pressure to clear stock before monsoon.

Tags: cabinet committee on economic affairs (ccea), prakash javadekar, public distribution system, national food security, food corporation of india act
Location: India, Delhi, New Delhi