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Hyderabad: FCI has announces food security measures during COVID-19 (2021)

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.

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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

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