May 19, 2024

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Pulses not to be part of PM-GKAY scheme

Contrary to last 12 months, the govt will not be distributing pulses as aspect of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PM-GKAY) and the plan will comprise only cereals such as wheat and rice, Meals and Public Distribution Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey stated on Saturday.

As much as eighty lakh tonnes of foodgrains will be distributed to eighty crore belonging to Antyodaya Ann Yojana and Priority Homes in the course of May and June incurring a overall expenditure of ₹ 26,000 crore. This will be in excess of and above their entitlement below the National Meals Stability Act (NFSA).

For the duration of PM-GKAY in the course of April to November last 12 months, the govt distributed 298.89 lakh tonnes of foodgrains at a cost of about ₹1.05 lakh crore. Nearly ninety three for each cent of the NFSA beneficiaries obtained benefits below the PM-GKAY plan.

Outlining why pulses are not aspect of the PM-GKAY plan this 12 months, Pandey stated the inclusion of pulses in the plan was extraordinary last 12 months. In addition, once PM-GKAY acquired in excess of last 12 months, the States had been supplied 5 lakh tonnes of pulses which they distributed by good rate retailers.

Answering a query why the plan was only for two months, the official stated the govt would review the situation at continuous intervals.

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Given that the Just one Country As soon as Ration Card plan turned operational as numerous as 14 crore transactions, involving a food subsidy of ₹10,000 crore, took place outdoors the indigenous place of the beneficiaries, serving to them entry the ration somewhere else.

Rabi procurement

About rabi procurement in the present period, the govt has transferred a overall of ₹13,600 crore to the accounts of farmers until Friday. Farmers in Punjab obtained ₹5,598 crore, in Haryana ₹4,215 crore and in Madhya Pradesh ₹3,083 crore. The procurement in Punjab alone was 71 lakh tonnes. Even even though Punjab began 10 times later than Haryana, it has previously overtaken Haryana in procurement, stated Pandey.