The Govt. of India in its multi pronged strategy in providing food security to the needy has undertaken various measures.
In this regard, Mr. Ashwani Kumar Gupta, General Manager (Region), FCI Telangana has informed that the Govt. of India has started the Phase III of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY-III) and allocation of food grains have been made to all the States/UTs for free of cost distribution to all the Antyodaya Anna Yojana and Priority House Holds beneficiaries from Central Pool 5 kg/person/month for two months i.e. May and June 2021 in addition to their respective normal TPDS allocation as per NFSA, 2013 to all states / UTs.
Speaking on the occasion , Mr.Gupta has also explained that the Govt under Open Market Sales Scheme (OMSS) has also allowed the sale of Rice @ Rs.2200 per quintal and Wheat at Rs.2100 per quintal to those Charitable/Non Govt Organizations engaged in relief operations/ running relief camps for migrant laborers/ vulnerable groups due to present Covid situation. Further, Mr.Gupta has clarified that the Govt of India has extended the scheme for allocating food grains for all the beneficiaries, who are not covered under NFSA and to whom ration cards have been issued by the State Governments under their own scheme @ 5 kg per person per month.
The Govt.Of India has advised the state govt/ UTs to actively promote the use of portability through One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC) for NFSA beneficiaries, has also advised that States/UTs may also use the different schemes detailed above to get additional quantities of food grains, as per the need, from the FCI, for distribution to selected target groups including other migrants/stranded labor as per locally assessed requirements