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Thursday, November 26th, 2020

Enhanced allocation under PDS

INVC,, The Government has made allocations of 276.77 lakh tonne of food grains – both rice and wheat – for BPL/AAY families during 2009-10. For APL category, during 2009-10, a quantity of 199.93 lakh tonne of foodgrains (rice and wheat) have been allocated. This is against the allocation of 112 lakh tonne of food grains under APL category during 2008-09. In addition, a total quantity of 36.08 lakh tonne of foodgrains has been allocated as a special adhoc additional allocation @ 10 kg of foodgrains per family in respect of all accepted number of families (BPL/AAY/APL) in the country for two months, namely for January and February 2010 to check inflationary trend in food economy. Government makes allocation of foodgrains to all States/Union Territories (UTs) under the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) for Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and Below Poverty Line (BPL) categories @ 35 kg. per family per month for all accepted 6.52 crore BPL including AAY families. Allocations of foodgrains under Above Poverty Line (APL) category are made depending upon the availability of stocks of foodgains in Central Pool and past offtake. At present, allocation of foodgrains to APL category are between 10 kg and 35 kg per family per month in different States/UTs. Further, allocations have been made to States/UTs under Open Market Sales Scheme (OMSS) which include a quantity of 20 lakh tonne of wheat and 10 lakh tonne of rice for distribution to retail consumers and 10 lakh tonne of wheat for sale to bulk consumers during October, 2009 to March, 2010. A quantity of 37,400 tonne of wheat and 17,000 tonne of rice under OMSS has also been allocated to National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) and a quantity of 32,684.21 tonne of wheat and 11,000 tonne of rice to National Cooperative Consumers’ Federation of India Limited (NCCF) for sale to retail consumers. State/UT Governments have been asked to take proactive steps to contain rise in prices of food grains and other essential commodities and keep the cost of intermediation under check for reducing the gap between the wholesale and retail prices by using agencies such as Civil Supplies Corporations for procurement of non-PDS food articles in bulk for distribution to the retail consumers. Further, in order to cushion consumers against price rise in pulses and edible oils, the Central Government is allocating imported edible oil and pulses, at subsidized rates to the State/UT Governments as per their requirements for distribution to the ration card holders/consumers. In addition to the commodities allocated by Central Government under TPDS, State/UT Governments may organize distribution of additional essential commodities through fair price shops and other outlets. This information was given by Prof. K.V. Thomas, Minister of State for Agriculture, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution images32

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