To help mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19 on the poor, Uttar Pradesh has set a record by distributing 200 lakh metric tons of food grains from April 2020 to March 2022.
“The Yogi Adityanath government also extended the distribution of free ration for three months soon after assuming office for the second term. Under the free ration scheme for the poor, 35 kg ration and along with pulses, sugar, edible oil and salt are being given to the eligible households. Ration is being distributed under the fifth phase of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana,” a government spokesman said here on Thursday.
He said eight lakh metric tons of food grains worth Rs 195 crore were distributed by the state government between April and June, 2020, to all Antyodaya card holders and eligible households. On the other hand, 12,000 MT of food grains and 1100 MT of gram were distributed free of cost to the migrant labourers under the Atmanirbhar Bharat scheme.
Apart from this, 134 lakh MT of food grains were distributed free of cost from the year 2020 to March 2022 under the PMGKAY. Between June, 2021 and August, 2021, 23 lakh MT of food grains worth Rs 564 crore were distributed free of cost to all types of card holders.
From December, 2021 to March, 2022, 18.71 lakh MT of wheat, 12.75 lakh MT of rice and 1.35 lakh MT of whole gram, refined soybean oil and iodised salt were distributed to the eligible beneficiaries.