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Steps taken by the FCI to ensure the availability of food grains across the country.

As per the Food Corporation of India report dated 12.05.2020, FCI currently has 271.27 LMT rice and 400.48 LMT wheat. Hence, a total of 671.75 LMT food grain stock is available (excluding the ongoing purchase of wheat and paddy, which have not yet reached the godown). About 60 LMT food grains are required for a month under the National food security act (NFSA) and other welfare schemes.

Since the lockdown 80.64 LMT and 159.36 LMT foodgrains have been transported through 2880 rail rakes, roads and waterways respectively.

 

Open Market Sales Scheme

During the lockdown, NGOs and social institutions running relief camps can purchase wheat and rice directly from FCI Depots at Open Market Sales Scheme (OMSS) rate. The State Governments can also purchase food grains directly from FCI.

State Governments can also provide rice/wheat to non-NFSA families who have been issued ration cards by the State Governments, for the next three months. Under the OMSS, the rates of Rice is fixed at Rs.22/kg and Wheat- Rs.21/kg.

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana

  • Foodgrains (Rice/Wheat) –

Under PMGKAY. A total of 104.4 MLT rice and 15.6 LMT wheat is required of which 69.65 LMT rice and 10.1 LMT wheat have been lifted by various States and UTs.

  • Pulses –

The total requirement for the next three months is 5.87 LMT. So far, 3.15 LMT pulses have been dispatched while 2.26 LMT pulses have reached the states /UTs.

 

Food grain Procurement

  • As of 12.05.2020, 268.9 LMT wheat(RMS 2020-21) and 666.9 LMT(KMS 2019-20) rice were procured.

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