STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: In these testing times of COVID-19 pandemic, FCI under UT of J&K/Ladakh has spearheaded the relief work by ensuring sufficient and uninterrupted supply of foodgrains to the masses. As on May 31, 2020, FCI has already delivered the total allocated quantity of 1,10,593 MT Rice to UT of J&K/Ladakh under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY) for the months of April, May and June 2020. The foodgrains under this scheme have been distributed to PHH and AAY population free of cost @ 5Kg/person/month. The entire cost of foodgrains is around Rs. 430 crore and distribution cost is going to be borne by the Govt. of India. In the recently launched Atma Nirbhar Bharat package (ANB), distribution of free foodgrains @5 kg/person/month and free Chana @1 kg/family/month for a period of two months to about 8 Crore persons including migrants/stranded migrant persons across the country who were neither covered under NFSA nor state ration card and hence had no access to food. This scheme has been announced by GOI as part of the economic measures for the poor including migrants/stranded migrants who do not have access to food security under NFSA and are not covered under any of the States’ PDS Schemes, to help them mitigate their plight during this precarious Covid-19 situation. Under ANB, the GOI has allocated 7241 MT Rice for UT of J&K and 144 MT for Ladakh for the two months and the expenditure nearing Rupees 29 Crores is being borne by the Central Govt. As on 31.05.2020, UT of J&K and Ladakh have lifted 2300 MT and 34 MT Rice respectively. Besides above schemes, FCI has also delivered entire allocation of 1,23,994 MT stocks under normal PDS i.e. NFSA for the months of April and May 2020 to UT of J&K and for the months of April, May and June 2020 for the UT of Ladakh. In another scheme doled out by GOI to NGOs, 4730 quintal of Rice has been delivered by FCI for charitable work of feeding needy people during hardship of COVID-19.
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