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Rajasthan has emerged as a model state in distribution of ration to needy during COVID-19.

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Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has said that Rajasthan has emerged as a model state in the field of distribution of ration and other supplies to the poor and needy during the time of Corona infection.

He has also said that under National Food Security Act (NFSA) there is provision of giving wheat at Rs 2 per kg to the beneficiaries, but the state government has decided to make it available at Rs 1 per kg to the families under Antyodaya yojana, BPL and state BPL category. State government has spent Rs 111 crore for this between March 2019 and March 2020.

Gehlot was chairing a review meeting of the department of food and civil supplies through video conferencing mode on Saturday. He informed that state government has borne additional burden of Rs 114 crore for free distribution of wheat during the lockdown period.

The lifting of wheat from FCI has been 3 times more than the regular lifting of the food grain.  The lifting of wheat is being done in a month time while earlier it took two months.

Wheat distribution has been doubled in the month of April and may 2020 compared to routine.

Ration made available to 3 crore 70 lakh needy.

Gehlot informed that during the lockdown period, dry ration and cooked food was distributed to 3.7 crore needy and helpless people through district administration.

He also informed that 5 kg wheat per person for 2 months will be given free of cost to migrant people and people in other special categories who are not in the list of NFSA . For this, data base should be prepared after conducting survey so that they can be given wheat from the fair price shops.  Food and civil supplies department should provide 5 kg wheat per person to all such migrants whose names are not there in NFSA list and give them relief and it should be done speedily.

The Chief Minister said that the names of actual eligible people should be added in the list of NFSA and the names of those who are not eligible should be removed. Since the number of people added in NFSA in urban areas especially in Jaipur are very less therefore the names of eligible people in urban areas should be added by doing survey.

Gehlot said that to ensure people get pure food stuff, food and civil supplies department and medical and health department should be strict against adulterators and black marketers. He also asked for timely inspection and sufficient monitoring of fair price shops so that eligible people can get ration and there is no black marketing. He also stressed on up gradation of POS machine so that the issues of not getting network and excess time taken in biometric verification can be solved.

Praised the ration distribution work to every home.

Gehlot praised the initiatives undertaken by food and civil supplies department during covid-19 pandemic and the work of distribution of ration to every home through fair price shops.

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