Free foodgrains will be provided to the poor and migrants deprived of foodgrain coupons till 31st August 2020. The state governments are not ready to take foodgrains even though they have enough foodgrains to provide free rations to 81 crore people under the Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana. Therefore, the central government has instructed all the states to withdraw this ration. A total of 812.51 lakh metric tonnes of foodgrains are lying in government museums.
The Food Corporation of India (FCI) had 1,930 tonnes of foodgrains spoiled during the year 2019-20, officially, but a private organization reported that 6.5 million tonnes of foodgrains were spoiled in four months. Mice cause more spoilage.
In Gujarat, 7% of food grains go bad. But not all quantities are verified. If all the quantity given from 17 thousand shops is checked in two years, then 17 lakh samples of 10 items have to be checked. The true situation comes out only if 17 lakh samples are tested. If the sample is to be sent only to the merchants who prefer the sample or give less, it does not show the correct situation.
In April, May and June, the government provided about 8 lakh metric tonnes of ration to the states to provide free foodgrains to the poor and migrants deprived of ration cards, out of which only 2.2 lakh metric tonnes was provided by the states. The same was distributed. This was stated by Union Food and Supplies Minister Ram Vilas Paswan.
States can now use this allotted ration till August 31 to provide rations to the poor and migrants deprived of ration cards. 81 crore beneficiaries will be given free rations. The Food Corporation of India has a total of 812.51 lakh metric tonnes of foodgrains. Of this, 267.29 lakh metric tonnes of rice and 545.22 lakh metric tonnes of wheat. About 95 lakh metric tonnes of foodgrains are required for a month under Anna schemes.
Since the lockout, about 139.97 lakh metric tonnes of foodgrains have been unloaded till June 30. 4999 has been transported by rail rack. A total of 285.07 lakh metric tonnes has been transported till June 30. About 7.78 lakh metric tonnes of foodgrains have been lifted and transported by 278 rail racks since July 1 and a total of 11.09 lakh metric tonnes have been transported since July 1.