Mizoram Government Makes Arrangements for Free Ration Distribution
While medical professionals and virologists are working day and night to come up with an antidote to tackle Coronavirus pandemic, the Indian central government is trying to maintain adequate food supply in the states. Apart from this, the central government has also launched various relief packages for providing financial assistance to the needy people. One such scheme is the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana. The central government has allocated a whopping Rs 170,000 crore for the implementation of this project. The primary objective of this project is to ensure that the poor people get free food grains, which will be distributed through the Public Distribution System.
Separate schemes under PMGKY
The Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana consists of two separate food security projects. The first is the Antyodaya Anna Yojana or AAY, and the second is the Priority Households or PHH. The government of Mizoram has requested the central authority to provide adequate food supply. While responding this request, the central government has already sent 10,023.22 tonnes of rice to the state. The food grains will be distributed among the beneficiaries of AAY and PHH.
Allocated amount of food grains
As per the guidelines of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, every beneficiary will attain 5 kg of rice and 1 kg dal under this project. The same amount of food grains will be distributed among the family members of the AAY and PHH card holders.
Lalhriatzuali Ralte is the director of the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs department in Mizoram. She pointed out that there are 25,995 AAY and 129,410 PHH card holders in the state. The total number of beneficiaries, under the AAY scheme is 76,669.
The amount of food grains, stored in the FCI go-downs for feeding the needy people in the Mizoram. Apart from the rice, the central government has also sent a consignment of 60 tonnes of pulses to the state. The pulses will also be distributed to the beneficiaries of the AAY and PHH schemes. The card holders will not have to pay any money for obtaining the ration from the fair price shops.
The Mizoram authority has already made the necessary arrangements for transporting the food grains to different districts in the state. For this, several trucks have been stationed as Buichali. Special chemicals have been used by the officials to clean and disinfect these trucks. Once these trucks are germ-free, the rice sacks will be loaded on to these vehicles, and taken to the destination.
The director also mentioned that the Mizoram government has also distributed free food grains to 4,300 migrant labors, which are trapped here. Additionally, the state government has also given free ration to 75,600 individuals, which do not possess ration cards. Continuing supply of food grains is the primary responsibility of the Mizoram government, during the dark days of lockdown. Integrated Child Development Services also launched a special project, named ‘Masks for All’ crusade. The project will disseminate information to the common people and stress on the importance of wearing masks. A mask can prevent the entry of Coronavirus germs through eyes, nose and mouth.
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