100 Lakh Metric Tonnes Of Free Grain Distributed In UP Under 'Food For All’
Lucknow, July 30 (TNA) Aiming at reducing woes of the economically marginalized citizens and ensuring that no one sleeps hungry in the state amid prevailing Covid-19 pandemic, the Uttar Pradesh government has so far distributed approximately 100 Lakh MT of free food grains in the State since the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic that broke out in April 2020, an official spokesman said on Friday.
The distribution was carried out entirely through PoS devices with biometric Aadhaar and dealer authentication in an utmost transparent manner. The Yogi-led government in Uttar Pradesh has distributed around 7639378.955 MT of free food grains under PMGKAY.
While approximately 2360402.64 MT of free ration was separately distributed by the government, which is ‘over and above’ the ration being distributed under PMGKAY. The total distribution amounts to 100 lakh MT in the state.
In order to help the migrants, poor and under-privileged sections of the society to tide over the hardship of corona times, the government is providing free 5 kg food grains to over 15 crore beneficiaries of the State. Under the scheme, each beneficiary receives 3 kg wheat and 2 kg rice.
During 2020, out of the total allocation of 5802845.950 MT food grains under PMGKAY-2020 (April-November 2020), approx 5621377.178 LMT food grains (i.e. around 96.87 %) have been distributed by the state.
In 2021 (PMGKAY III) so far, out of a total allocation of around 2207789.280 MT foodgrains ( May -July 2021) approx 2018001.777 MT (i.e. around 91.40 %) foodgrains have been distributed by Uttar Pradesh Government.
On August 5, PM Modi will hold a direct conversation with the beneficiaries
“On occasion of the ‘Anna Mahotsav’ being held on August 5, the Prime Minister will interact with the beneficiaries present at the selected fair price shops of Uttar Pradesh through video conferencing. The ration distribution for the month of August under PMGKAY will also commence on that day”, informed Addition Food Commissioner, Anil Kumar Dubey.
PMGKAY was first introduced in 2020 for eight months to provide relief to around 15 crore beneficiaries covered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) from COVID-induced economic hardships. There are more than 1,30,07,969 units of beneficiaries under the Antyodaya Ann Yojna and over 13,41,77, 983 units under Priority Household card holders
43,572 cardholders in other states and 6616 cardholders from other states took ration
Intra-district ration card portability is applicable in all urban and rural areas of the state. Also, state level portability facility is applicable from February 5 last year. Under the One Nation, One Ration Card scheme, the facility of national portability has been implemented in the state since June last year, under which 43,572 cardholders of the state have taken ration from other states and 6616 cardholders of other states have availed free ration in Uttar Pradesh.
Ration delivered to more than 8137 helpless people at their homes
Five kg ration per unit has been given by the central and state government for 16 months, that is, 80 kg ration has been given to a person so far. Apart from this, more than 8137 helpless people of the state have received free ration by the Food and Logistics Department at their homes.