The Fact News Service
Jalandhar, May 9
In order to provide succor to the poor and needy families under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, the Food Corporation of India has allocated 2.12 lakh metric tonnes of wheat to Punjab in advance for the months of April to June.
Divulging the details, the Divisional Manager of Food Corporation of India TR Sethi said that in wake of outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, the government has decided to give 5 kilogram of wheat per beneficiary per month for three months and one kilogram pulses per family per month for three months. He said that free distribution of 15 kg of wheat per member of family and 3 kg daal only for full family (irrespective of number of family members) to the eligible beneficiaries was being ensured by the respective state governments. Sethi said that keeping in view emergency situation, the FCI has allocated 2.12 lakh metric tonnes of wheat to Punjab in advance for the months of April to June.
The Divisional Manager said that the Regional Office of FCI has already issued release orders for 2.12 lakh metric ton of wheat which was entire allocated share for the state, worth Rs 594.09 crore. Similarly, he said that total allocation of 4127.085 metric ton of wheat worth Rs 11.56 crore has also been made to the Union Territory of Chandigarh. Sethi said that the lifting of the stocks was an ongoing process and the stocks of wheat were being released by FCI adding that Government of India would bear the entire expenditure on this account which was approximately Rs.605.65 crores for Punjab and Chandigarh.