New Delhi: The Centre on Sunday requested the state governments to maintain ration retailers, additionally known as honest value retailers, open for an extended period and on all days to make sure well timed and secure distribution of each subsidised and free foodgrains to the poor. An advisory on this regard has been issued by the Union Meals Ministry following representations that throughout the present lockdown in some states/UTs, ration retailers’ timings have been curtailed resulting from which the supposed beneficiaries may not be getting ample time to raise their entitled foodgrains.
“In view of ongoing lockdown in some States/UTs, that will curtail the functioning hours of Honest Worth Store (FPS), an advisory has been issued on 15th Might, 2021…to maintain the FPSs open, ideally on all days of the month,” the ministry mentioned in a press release. The Centre is distributing extremely month-to-month subsidised foodgrains of 5 kg per particular person at Rs 1-Three per kg through ration retailers to over 80 crore poor underneath the Nationwide Meals Safety Act (NFSA).
Over and above this, further 5kg of free grains are being distributed to the identical beneficiaries underneath the PMGKAY (Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana) scheme for 2 months — Might-June in an effort to minimise financial hardships being confronted by the NFSA beneficiaries throughout the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Within the advisory, the Centre has requested states to maintain the ration retailers open for distribution of foodgrains underneath the NFSA in addition to PMGKAY scheme in a staggered method all through the day, sustaining correct social distancing and adhering to all COVID-19 protocols, it mentioned. To facilitate this, states have been requested to make sure that FPSs are exempted from the restricted hours of opening of standard markets as foodgrains are coated underneath important gadgets, it added. Additional, the Centre has requested states to take obligatory steps for well timed distribution of foodgrains at their FPSs with out inflicting hardships to the beneficiaries, and to offer extensive publicity to the measures undertaken on this regard.