Distribute free ration to 8 crore migrants within 15 days: Centre to states
NEW DELHI: As hundreds of migrants continue to travel a long distance in this COVID-19 crisis, Union food minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday appealed to state go nments to immediately lift food grains and pulses from the godowns and distribute them for free within a fortnight to 8 crore migrants who neither have centre nor state ration card.
According to the food ministry, about 142 lakh migrants will benefit in Uttar Pradesh and in Bihar (86.45 lakh), Maharasthra (70 lakh), West Bengal (60.1 lakh), Madhya Pradesh (54.64 lakh), Rajasthan (44.66 lakh), Karnataka (40.19 lakh), Gujarat (38.25 lakh), Tamil Nadu (35.73 lakh), Jharkhand (26.37 lakh), Andhra Pradesh (26.82 lakh) and Assam (25.15 lakh).
In the national capital, about 7.27 lakh migrants will get free 5 kg food grains per person and 1 kg chana per family for May and June.
"If the number of migrants exceeds the current estimation of 8 crore, the Centre is ready to provide additional grains for free supply but the identified person should be genuine which state go nments have to validate," Paswan told the media via video conference.
The allocation has been made considering 10 per cent of the existing 81 crore beneficiaries under the NFSA ( National Food Security Act).
The free food distribution to 8 crore migrants for two months was announced by the Centre on May 14 as part of an economic package to help those who bore the brunt of the clampdown to fight the COVID-19 crisis. The centre will bear the cost of this intervention, estimated at Rs 3,500 crore.
"This decision is in the interest of migrants. Congress may say give more quantity of foodgrains for free. The NFSA, under which 5 kg per person subsidised grain is given to 81 crore through PDS, was framed during the UPA time. But, the Modi go nment is doing maximum. This is not the end of all. The Prime Minister is sensitive and aware of the situation," Paswan noted.
Paswan, an NDA ally, further said his ministry has made all arrangements for distribution of free ration to migrants, but the state go nments which have to implement at the ground level, have to be proactive and lift the ration from godowns and begin distribution immediately.
An allocation of 7.99 lakh tonne of foodgrains has been made for distribution for two months for free. Of which, the maximum would be rice 6.95 lakh tonne which would be easy for migrants to consume, while the rest 1.04 lakh tonne is wheat, he said.
States can directly supply free ration at shelter camps, or issue distressed coupons or adopt any suitable method for free distribution of 5 kg of rice or wheat per person and 1 kg of chana (grama) per family for May and June, he said.
5kg of wheat with 1kg of channa for one family for 2 months is a joke for the poor workers. Sadly poor workers are not an equal citizens in India.
It is 5 kg of rice /wheat per person and not totally for entire family. Read the news correctly and do not spread false propaganda amongst people.
Better you go and read, its not per person
And do not look to center bhai shah bhai modi bhai for teimbursement of expenses . On each free ration show the picture of the greatest of all leaders suce the mughals . Make sure they donate electoral bonds in return
Stupid chronic paranoid moron.
Be careful stay safe at home.
Follow the orders of go nment.
Don't break the rules of lock down.
Are you saying that to the migrants? They are already on the road.
Govt should also do something for middle class who are living in depression.
What has not been done in the 2 months, how can you expect that in 2 weeks ?
Migrant workers are back bone of the nation. Our central and state go nments have destroyed this force of the country by not attending their priorities in due time. It's shameful for our nation. God can only help the poor.
Please understand it is per person and not per family.
Oh.. huge ration for one family.. they can reduce it..else it will be left waste.
Hail Paswan ji! There could possibly be no "nobler humanitarian deed' than giving the gift of food to the most poor and needy migrant workers trudging hundreds of miles to their home states in thiese awful circumstances !Bravo!!!
They are walking on the road and some are sleeping under the sun wherever they find a place. It is a mere waste. Put money into their accounts. At least some people will get the benefits.
Truth Shall Triumph
an average family of 4 people need half kg wheat ( flour) and half kg chana per day. 5kg wheat will last for 10 days. and 1 kg chana will last for 2 days.
Just 3 words will epitomise this magnanimity towards migrants for there could be nobler nobler gift than food
One person needs atleast 10 kg rice or wheat per month. The go nment supports the migrant people to meet around 50 % of their needs. But yet it is a good step.
Good move to benefit migrant so that food is given to all and no one starves
Hunger is pne more concern apart from virus
Though delayed, let the entire help as announced be reached at the earliest to the genuine people.
According to the Food Ministry, both rice and wheat have been allocated to Delhi and Gujarat, only wheat to Rajasthan, Punjab and Chandigarh, while rice to rest of the States and Union Territories.