Pulses not to be part of PM-GKAY scheme

Unlike very last 12 months, the government will not be distributing pulses as component of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PM-GKAY) and the scheme will comprise only cereals these as wheat and rice, Foods and Community Distribution Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey explained on Saturday.

As considerably as 80 lakh tonnes of foodgrains will be distributed to 80 crore belonging to Antyodaya Ann Yojana and Priority Households throughout May well and June incurring a complete expenditure of ₹ 26,000 crore. This will be in excess of and above their entitlement below the Nationwide Foods Security Act (NFSA).

Through PM-GKAY throughout April to November very last 12 months, the government distributed 298.89 lakh tonnes of foodgrains at a expense of all-around ₹1.05 lakh crore. Nearly 93 for every cent of the NFSA beneficiaries been given rewards below the PM-GKAY scheme.

Describing why pulses are not component of the PM-GKAY scheme this 12 months, Pandey explained the inclusion of pulses in the scheme was exceptional very last 12 months. Moreover, the moment PM-GKAY bought in excess of very last 12 months, the States ended up supplied 5 lakh tonnes of pulses which they distributed by means of fair cost shops.

Answering a query why the scheme was only for two months, the official explained the government would evaluate the situation at continuous intervals.

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Due to the fact the 1 Country When Ration Card scheme became operational as numerous as fourteen crore transactions, involving a meals subsidy of ₹10,000 crore, took location outside the house the indigenous location of the beneficiaries, supporting them entry the ration somewhere else.

Rabi procurement

Concerning rabi procurement in the present season, the government has transferred a complete of ₹13,600 crore to the accounts of farmers until Friday. Farmers in Punjab been given ₹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 however Punjab started out 10 times afterwards than Haryana, it has previously overtaken Haryana in procurement, explained Pandey.