Govt allocates additional foodgrains to NFSA beneficiaries for May-June as relief amidst local Covid lockdowns
New Delhi: The Union government on Wednesday approved the allocation of additional foodgrains to National Food Security Act (NFSA) beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (Phase III) for another period of two months – May and June, 2021 as a relief measure during the Covid-19 pandemic.The decision was made to ameliorate the hardships faced by the poor due to the due to economic disruption caused by Covid-induced constraints including partial and local lockdowns as well as adverse weather conditions like monsoon and cyclones.The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave its ex-post facto approval for foodgrain at Rs 5 kg per person per month free of cost for about 79.88 crore beneficiaries covered under NFSA (AAY & PHH) including those covered under DBT."The state/UT-wise allocation in terms of wheat/rice shall be decided by the Department of Food and Public Distribution on the basis of the existing allocation ratio under the NFSA. Also, the Department of Food and Public Distribution may decide on the extension of the lifting/distribution period under PMGKAY as per operational requirements keeping in view partial and local lockdown situations, and also arising out of adverse weather conditions like monsoon, cyclones, supply chain and Covid-induced constraints etc," as per the government noticeThe total outgo in terms of food grains may be approximately 80 LMT."The allocation of additional food-grain free of cost to approximately 79.88 crore individuals under TPDS @ 5 kg per person per month for two months i.e. May to June, 2021 would entail an estimated food subsidy of Rs. 25,332.92 crore taking the estimated economic cost of Rs. 36,789.2/MT for rice and Rs. 25,731.4/ MT for wheat," the notice read."No poor family will suffer on account of the non-availability of food grains due to disruption in the next two months," it added.