UP Govt: Nobody will die for want of food

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UP Govt: Nobody will die for want of food

Sunday, 29 March 2020 | PNS | Lucknow

Declaring that no one would die of hunger in Uttar Pradesh, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi said that community kitchen and doorstep delivery of food items had eased the situation with the masses getting essential commodities at home.
“Community kitchens have started serving people who are poor and have lost employment due to the lockdown. Till date, 527 kitchens are functioning and catering to 1.37 lakh people,” Awasthi told media persons in  Lucknow on Saturday.
The additional chief secretary said that people who were on roads were being fed at every place even as Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath exhorted them to stay at one place so that the district authorities could take care of their needs.
Awasthi said that doorstep delivery of food items had been a success as the number of delivery vans had gone up to 26,298.
“Besides, the government has roped in 8,833 provision stores to deliver products at homes  while 8,852 vans are being used for supply of over 15 lakh litres of milk,” he said.
Talking about the supply of foodgrains through Public distribution system (PDS), Awasthi said that of the 3.23 crore ration cards in the state, 1.94 crore had been given foodgrains so far and 70 lakh below poverty line (BPL) card holders had been given free ration.
The additional chief secretary said that 58,552 gram pradhans were contacted through the CM Helpline along with 11,000 counsellors to make them aware about the facilities.
Besides, he said, 11,900 complaints received on CM Helpine 1076 were resolved.
Giving details of the action taken against people for violating lockdown, Awasthi said that 4,642 FIRs were registered against 14,115 accused under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code. Besides, he said, 24 FIRs were registered against traders selling products at higher rates.

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