New Delhi: An amount of 76.72 LMT free food grains were supplied by the Government of India’s agency Food Corporation of India (FCI) to all 36 States/ UTs. 22 States/ UTs i.e., Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Puducherry, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, and West Bengal. This has further lifted full allocation for May- June 2021.
The rest of the 14 States/ UTs i.e., Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Assam, Bihar, Daman Diu D&NH, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand have lifted 100% May 2021 allocation and lifting for June 2021 is still going on.
All the food grains across the country are transported by FCI to ensure a smooth supply to all States/ UT Governments.
Adequate stocks in all States/ UTs were already positioned by the FCI. At present, 593 LMT wheat and 294 LMT rice (Total 887 LMT food grains) are available under Central Pool.
The Government of India has sensitized all the States/ UT Governments to complete the distribution of free food grains under PMGKAY in a time-bound manner. Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana is facilitating the supply of free food grains to the beneficiaries amidst the ongoing COVID pandemic and thus providing food security to the beneficiaries.
The Government of India announced Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) to ameliorate the hardship faced by the poor due to economic disruption caused by the Coronavirus. Under the scheme, free food grains @ 5 kg per person per month are being distributed to beneficiaries covered under NFSA.