During the last three months of varying degrees of restrictions on movement and economic activity, one of the biggest challenges faced by the State Government - apart from the public health challenge posed by COVID-19 - has been to ensure food security for state’s population - millions of whom have had their incomes wiped out or drastically reduced leading to a curtailed ability to afford food.
FCI has to provide adequate quantity of food grains all over the State under the NFSA and PMGKAY so that there is no shortage of food in any corner of the Rajasthan. The FCI has fulfilled its responsibility with dedication. So far, 07.136 lakh metric tonnes of Wheat [under PMGKAY and the Atmanirbhar Bharat package] have been issued to the State. About one thousand employees and workers of FCI have been engaged in this effort which ensured that food grains reached to the beneficiaries.
Apart from this, the FCI also fulfilled demands made by state governments and non-governmental organisations (NGO’S). During the lockdown, the challenge was to deliver food to every person in every corner of the State. Also, the amount of food grains provided to eligible beneficiaries under NFSA and other welfare schemes was doubled, as under the PMGKAY and the Atmanirbhar package announced by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, every individual was to be provided an additional five kilograms of food grain at free of cost. FCI accepted this challenge and also completed it efficiently during Covid-19 pandamic. FCI has sufficient stocks to ensure food security for the State. On date 20.42 LMT food grains are available with the Food Corporation of India in Rajasthan and procurement is underway.