Govt to provide 7kg per person of foodgrains under PDS

States asked to take foodgrains in advance for distribution

by Natasha Nadkar

The government has decided to provide 7kg per person of foodgrains to 800 million beneficiaries under the Public Distribution System (PDS), according to Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar. He stated that the cost of wheat is Rs.27 per kg which will be provided at a subsidised rate of Rs.2 per kg while the cost of rice is about Rs.32 per kg but will be supplied at Rs.3 per kg through ration shops. All states have been asked to take foodgrains from the Centre in advance for distribution through the PDS. Under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), the government is supplying 5kg of foodgrains per month at a highly subsidised price. The decision to allocate additional foodgrains through the PDS has been taken as state-run Food Corporation of India (FCI) is saddled with wheat and rice stock. The FCI is under pressure to clear stock before monsoon as some foodgrains stock are kept in open space.

References
1. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/policy/cabinet-nod-for-supply-of-2kg-extra-subsidised-foodgrains-via-ration-shops/articleshow/74811711.cms
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