NAFED to distribute 6 lakh metric tonnes of pulses under PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana

The National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) is to distribute 6 lakh metric tonnes of pulses to around 20 crore house holds under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana. The work is to be undertaken by the scheme for 3 months.

Highlights

Under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana, every household is to receive 1 kilogram of pulses. The operation includes obtaining un-milled pulses from godowns, cleaning them and sending them to the states for distribution through the Public Distribution System. The NAFED under the scheme is to distribute more than 5.88 lakh metric tonnes of pulses.

National Food Security Act

The pulses are distributed under the National food Security Act. The act was introduced by GoI in 2013. The main aim of the act was to provide subsidized food grains to the citizens. The annual allocation of food grains under NFSA is 610 Lakh tonnes. The act is in line with sustainable goal of the United Nations. It is Goal 2 that aims to end hunger by 2030

Current Scenario

Currently, around 100 Dal mills have been pulled into service. Around 17 state sand union territories have started the distribution of pulses. This includes Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Odisha, Sikkim and Tamil Nadu.

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