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State governments have distributed free food grains to 2.51 crore migrants against the target of 8 crore till date.

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States distribute free grains to 2.51 crore migrants so far

new Delhi. States and Union Territories have distributed free food grains to 2.51 crore migrant laborers against the target of eight crore so far under the Self-Reliant India Scheme. The Union Food Ministry gave this information. The Ministry also clarified that the low distribution of food grains suggests that the actual number of migrant workers was small.

The ministry has said that if migrant laborers have returned to their native states, they are already getting food grains under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) or the state's ration card scheme. The Ministry of Food said that under the scheme, benefits of fewer people should not be considered as poor performance of the scheme. Because the figure of eight crore expatriates should not be considered the real target.

The central government had announced in mid-May to distribute five kg of food grains and one kg of gram free of cost to migrant laborers under the Self-Reliant India Scheme. This facility was introduced for eight crore migrants for two months in May and June. Migrant laborers who have neither the central nor state government's ration card. Under the scheme, 31 August was given to the states for distribution of food grains.

The Center allocated 8 lakh tonnes of food grains for two months to the states and union territories under this scheme, but the states raised only 6.38 lakh tonnes of it. According to the report received till August 17, the Food Ministry said that out of 6.38 lakh tonnes of food grains, the State or Union Territories distributed only 2.49 lakh tonnes (39 per cent) of the grains to the migrants identified under the self-sufficient Bharat Yajna and the stranded migrants. Get

The ministry says that this distribution, however, will continue till August 31, so maybe some more migrants will get the benefit of this free food scheme. The ministry has also said that apart from free grain distribution under the scheme, some states such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Tripura, Manipur, Jammu and Kashmir have also issued new ration cards to people without ration cards after March 2020. . The Ministry says that 60- 70 lakh additional people have also come under the scheme during this period.

These people were not the first card holders due to being out of state, they got new ration cards on their return. If this number is added to the number of 2.51 crore migrants benefiting under the Self-Reliant India Scheme, then the actual number of beneficiaries will reach 3.81 crore on a monthly basis.

This post was published on August 19, 2020 9:35 am

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