Tribune News Service
New Delhi, 30 December
The Center is in the final stages of developing a system that will help provide subsidized ration to the homeless and destitute who do not have ration cards.
“The process is on. The system is in the final stages of development and then it will be put to the test. The idea is to target all homeless, shelter-less destitute people who do not have ration cards,” Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey told the media. Huh.
The government supplies food grains at Rs 1-3 per kg to over 81 crore people with ration cards through the Public Distribution System (PDS) as part of the National Food Security Act (NFSA).
The Center is also supplying free food grains to NFSA beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) as part of relief measures during the COVID pandemic. This scheme is valid till March 2022.
However, homeless and destitute people without ration or proof of identity or residential address cannot be covered under NFSA and PMGKAY.
“All these issues will be resolved,” Pandey said.
Meanwhile, FCI CMD Atish Chandra said states had lifted 11.21 lakh tonnes of food grains in the 2021-22 financial year for distribution to those not covered under NFSA.
State governments have been successful in covering 79.71 crore out of the total 81 crore NFSA beneficiaries. Officials said they have been asked to immediately reach out to the remaining 1.6 crore beneficiaries, identify them and bring them under the purview of NFSA.