Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday said that the state government has started the distribution of wheat and rice to saffron ration cardholders for the month of May and June. The saffron cardholders are families with an annual income of ₹15,000 to ₹1 lakh.
Thackeray further mentioned that the wheat will be given at Rs 8/kg whereas rice will be sold at Rs. 12/kg and will benefit over three crore people in the state with an overall distribution of 4.5 lakh metric tonnes of ration.
Maharashtra Government has started distributing 3kg of wheat at ₹8/kg & 2kg rice ₹12/kg to 3 Crore saffron ration card holders for May and June. About 4.5 lakh metric tonnes will be distributed.— CMO Maharashtra (@CMOMaharashtra) April 24, 2020
Earlier on Wednesday, Maharashtra Food and Civil Supplies Minister Chhagan Bhujbal has announced that food grains will be home delivered to those who possess a saffron ration card (Kesari ration card) for the next two months and that too at subsidised rates. Bhujbal held a meeting of district supply officers across Maharashtra via video conferencing and directed the officials to ensure that the delivery of food grains was done in a transparent manner even though the ration cards are not Aadhar card seeded.
२०२० या २ महिन्यांच्या कालावधीकरीता सवलतीच्या दराने अन्नधान्याचा लाभ लवकरच देण्यात यावा असे आदेश राज्यातील पुरवठा अधिकाऱ्यांना दिले आहेत. नाशिक जिल्हाधिकारी कार्यालय येथे आज राज्यातील सर्व जिल्हा पुरवठा अधिकाऱ्यांशी व्हिडीओ कॉन्फरन्सद्वारे संवाद साधला.@CMOMaharashtra @NCPspeaks pic.twitter.com/uRB9lD8TN6— Chhagan Bhujbal (@ChhaganCBhujbal) April 22, 2020
During his meeting with the district supply officers, Bhujbal said that all precautions should be taken while delivering the food grains to the needy, without any allegations or complications. Moreover, the details of people being given the food grains should be noted with their signature and thumb impression.
The minister further informed that saffron ration cards will now get 3 kilograms of wheat and 2 kilograms of rice per person every month at subsidised rates. With 71.54 lakh ration cards, the supply offices will have to produce 92,532 tonnes of wheat and 60,688 tonnes of rice. The rice will be provided at ₹12 per kg while the wheat will be given at ₹8 per kg during the months of May and June.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government is also planning to provide food grains at subsidised rates to the stranded migrant workers and labourers who don’t have ration cards. Chhagan Bhujbal wrote to Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan demanding an additional quota for the same.
या नागरिकांना राज्य सरकारकडून अन्नधान्याचे वाटप झाल्यानंतर बचत झालेले ५ टक्के धान्य या नागरिकांना सवलतीच्या दरात वाटप करण्याची परवानगी द्यावी अशी मागणी केंद्रीय अन्न पुरवठा मंत्री @irvpaswan यांच्याकडे पत्राद्वारे केली आहे.@CMOMaharashtra @NCPspeaks pic.twitter.com/oiltF6H3ai— Chhagan Bhujbal (@ChhaganCBhujbal) April 22, 2020
The Maharashtra government has increased the number of meals under Shiv Bhojan Thali to 1.5 lakh. Earlier, the government was providing meals to one lakh people. The Shiv Bhojan Thali scheme is a highly subsidised meal available for the poor and the needy.
शिवभोजन थाळीच्या संख्येत ५० हजारांची वाढ...— Chhagan Bhujbal (@ChhaganCBhujbal) April 23, 2020
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