nChhattisgarh wants the Centre to procure from it an additional 8 lakh ton rice while releasing more sugar to the state even as its Public Distribution System (PDS) earned praise from Union Food Minister Ramvilas Paswan, officials said on Friday.
In the view of coronavirus lockdown, the Minister was reviewing food availability in various states.
“Chhattisgarh has done remarkably well in making available food grains to its people. The transport, food and health facilities provided to migrant labourers reaching Chhattisgarh are also notable,” Paswan said.
He also lauded the efforts of the Chhattisgarh government in controlling the coronavirus pandemic.
During the meeting, Chhattisgarh Food and Civil Supplies Minister Amarjeet Bhagat reiterated the state’s demand that 8 lakh ton more rice should be procured from Chhattisgarh for the central pool.
Bhagat also sought the release of more sugar quota for Chhattisgarh.
The union government has procured 24 metric ton rice from Chhattisgarh in the central pool. Bhagat wants it raised to 32 lakh metric ton.
Officials said that though the central Minister did not agree to the demand, his reply was very positive. The Food Corporation of India (FCI) has also agreed to buy rice from Chhattisgarh, they said.
The Minister requested that 5kg of free rice being supplied to every member from poor families under the Pradhanmantri Garib Kalyan Yojana should be extended for three more months.
Bhagat demanded that just like BPL card holders, APL ration card holders should also get rice on subsidized rates.
“During the lockdown about 40,000 new ration cards were made for labourers coming from other states. These labourers should also get the benefit of various schemes run by the union government,” Bhagat said.