In contrast to final yr, the government will not be distributing pulses as portion of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PM-GKAY) and the plan will comprise only cereals this sort of as wheat and rice, Food items and General public Distribution Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey mentioned on Saturday.
As much as 80 lakh tonnes of foodgrains will be dispersed to 80 crore belonging to Antyodaya Ann Yojana and Priority Households in the course of May and June incurring a total expenditure of ₹ 26,000 crore. This will be in excess of and earlier mentioned their entitlement beneath the Countrywide Food items Security Act (NFSA).
In the course of PM-GKAY in the course of April to November final yr, the government dispersed 298.89 lakh tonnes of foodgrains at a price of all-around ₹1.05 lakh crore. Almost 93 for every cent of the NFSA beneficiaries gained rewards beneath the PM-GKAY plan.
Conveying why pulses are not portion of the PM-GKAY plan this yr, Pandey mentioned the inclusion of pulses in the plan was excellent final yr. Also, after PM-GKAY obtained in excess of final yr, the States had been offered five lakh tonnes of pulses which they dispersed by fair cost shops.
Answering a concern why the plan was only for two months, the official mentioned the government would evaluation the predicament at continuous intervals.
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Since the Just one Country After Ration Card plan turned operational as lots of as fourteen crore transactions, involving a foods subsidy of ₹10,000 crore, took spot exterior the indigenous spot of the beneficiaries, assisting them obtain the ration in other places.
About rabi procurement in the current year, the government has transferred a total of ₹13,600 crore to the accounts of farmers until Friday. Farmers in Punjab gained ₹5,598 crore, in Haryana ₹4,215 crore and in Madhya Pradesh ₹3,083 crore. The procurement in Punjab alone was seventy one lakh tonnes. Even while Punjab started off ten times later than Haryana, it has already overtaken Haryana in procurement, mentioned Pandey.