Meghalaya government sanctions Rs 26 crore to purchase rice

SHILLONG, Apr 2: The Meghalaya government has informed that it will sanction Rs 26, 38, 75, 500 for purchasing 1, 17, 278 quintals of rice for two months under the Open Market Sale Scheme to tide over the shortages the citizens are facing due to the nation-wide lockdown.

Meghalaya Food and Civil Supplies Minister James K Sangma informed that this rice will be procured from the Food Corporation of India (FCI) godowns, which will be lifted by the respective deputy commissioners and made available to the open market.

Sangma told reporters that the state government is coordinating with the Food Corporation of India with regards to the location from where Meghalaya can lift this food grain.

Meanwhile, he also informed that NAFED under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution will allocate 5, 553.64 quintals of pulses (specifically masoor dal).

“This will be distributed amongst the Targeted Public Distribution Scheme (TPDS) at one kilogram for free for the next three months (April to June),” Sangma told reporters.

The Minister also informed that under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana each NFSA beneficiaries would be getting an additional five kilogram of rice per beneficiary for free for the months of April to June over and above their entitlements.

Also under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, each beneficiary will get one free gas cylinder for three months starting from April.

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