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States and Union Territories have distributed free food grains to 2.5 million migrants so far

The India Print 2020-08-19 17:09:22

New Delhi. States and Union Territories have distributed free food grains to 2.51 crore migrant laborers against the target of eight crore so far under the Self-Reliant India Scheme . The Union Food Ministry gave this information on Tuesday. The Ministry also clarified that the low distribution of food grains suggests that the actual number of migrant workers was small.

The ministry has said that if migrant laborers have returned to their native states, they are already getting food grains under the National Food Security Act ( NFSA ) or the state's ration card scheme. The Food Ministry said that under the scheme, benefits of less people should not be considered as poor performance of the scheme. Because the figure of eight crore migrants should not be considered as the real target.

In May, the Central Government had announced to distribute five kg of food grains and one kg of 'gram' free to the migrant laborers under the Self-Reliant India Scheme. This facility was introduced for eight crore migrants for two months in May and June. Migrant laborers who have neither the Central nor the State Government's ration card. Under the scheme, the states were given time to distribute food grains on 31 August. The Center allocated 8 lakh tonnes of food grains for two months to the States / UTs under this scheme, but the states raised only 6.38 lakh tonnes of food grains from it. "According to the report received till August 17, out of 6.38 lakh tonnes of food grains, the State or Union Territories have identified the migrants and the stranded migrants identified under the self-sufficient Bharat Yajna. 2. Only 49 lakh tons (39 percent) of the food grains could be distributed. ”The ministry says that this distribution will continue till August 31, so some more migrants may get the benefit of this free food scheme. The ministry has also said that apart from free grain distribution under the scheme, some states such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Tripura, Manipur, Jammu and Kashmir have also issued new ration cards to people without ration cards after March 2020. The Ministry says that 60- 70 lakh additional people have also come under the scheme during this period. These people were not the first card holders due to being out of state, on returning, they got new ration cards. If this number is added to the number of 2.51 crore migrants benefiting under the Self-Reliant India Scheme, then the actual number of beneficiaries will reach 3.81 crore on a monthly basis. Bihar, Tripura, Manipur, Jammu and Kashmir have also issued new ration cards to people without ration cards after March 2020. The Ministry says that 60- 70 lakh additional people have also come under the scheme during this period. These people were not the first card holders due to being out of state, on returning, they got new ration cards. If this number is added to the number of 2.51 crore migrants benefiting under the Self-Reliant India Scheme, then the actual number of beneficiaries will reach 3.81 crore on a monthly basis. Bihar, Tripura, Manipur, Jammu and Kashmir have also issued new ration cards to people without ration cards after March 2020. The Ministry says that 60- 70 lakh additional people have also come under the scheme during this period. These people were not the first card holders due to being out of state, on returning, they got new ration cards. If this number is added to the number of 2.51 crore migrants benefiting under the Self-Reliant India Scheme, then the actual number of beneficiaries will reach 3.81 crore on a monthly basis. Jammu and Kashmir has also issued new ration cards to people without ration cards after March 2020. The Ministry says that 60- 70 lakh additional people have also come under the scheme during this period. These people were not the first card holders due to being out of state, on returning, they got new ration cards. If this number is added to the number of 2.51 crore migrants benefiting under the Self-Reliant India Scheme, then the actual number of beneficiaries will reach 3.81 crore on a monthly basis. Jammu and Kashmir has also issued new ration cards to people without ration cards after March 2020. The Ministry says that 60- 70 lakh additional people have also come under the scheme during this period. These people were not the first card holders due to being out of state, on returning, they got new ration cards. If this number is added to the number of 2.51 crore migrants benefiting under the Self-Reliant India Scheme, then the actual number of beneficiaries will reach 3.81 crore on a monthly basis.