Union Cabinet approves extra supply of subsidized Food Grains to Ration Shops

On March 25, 2020, the Union Cabinet approved extra supply of food grains via rations shops. The monthly quota of subsidized food grains is to be increased from 2 kg to 7 kg. The step has been taken to help people during the lock down.

Highlights

The GoI has decided to provide 7 kg of food grains per person during the lock down. This will benefit more than 80 crore people in the country. Also, the food grains are to be provided at subsidized rates. The cost of wheat was Rs 27 per kg and is now to be sold at Rs 2 per kg. The cost of rice is about Rs 32 per kg and is to be sold at Rs 3 per kg. Currently, GoI is providing food grains at subsidized rates under National Food Security Act.

National Food Security Act

The act aims to provide nutritional security. It provides coverage up to 75% of rural population and 50% of urban population.

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