Pulses not to be part of PM-GKAY scheme

Unlike final year, the government will not be distributing pulses as element of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PM-GKAY) and the scheme will comprise only cereals these kinds of as wheat and rice, Food stuff and Community Distribution Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey explained on Saturday.

As a great deal as eighty lakh tonnes of foodgrains will be distributed to eighty crore belonging to Antyodaya Ann Yojana and Precedence Households for the duration of May perhaps and June incurring a full expenditure of ₹ 26,000 crore. This will be over and higher than their entitlement underneath the National Food stuff Protection Act (NFSA).

Throughout PM-GKAY for the duration of April to November final year, the government distributed 298.89 lakh tonnes of foodgrains at a cost of all over ₹1.05 lakh crore. Nearly ninety three for each cent of the NFSA beneficiaries been given gains underneath the PM-GKAY scheme.

Outlining why pulses are not element of the PM-GKAY scheme this year, Pandey explained the inclusion of pulses in the scheme was excellent final year. Furthermore, as soon as PM-GKAY acquired over final year, the States ended up supplied five lakh tonnes of pulses which they distributed by means of reasonable selling price stores.

Answering a concern why the scheme was only for two months, the official explained the government would critique the predicament at frequent intervals.

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Due to the fact the One Nation After Ration Card scheme turned operational as a lot of as fourteen crore transactions, involving a foodstuff subsidy of ₹10,000 crore, took area exterior the native area of the beneficiaries, serving to them entry the ration in other places.

Rabi procurement

With regards to rabi procurement in the existing year, the government has transferred a full 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 by yourself was seventy one lakh tonnes. Even though Punjab started out ten days later than Haryana, it has currently overtaken Haryana in procurement, explained Pandey.