Eye on polls, Maharashtra to launch food security scheme on February 1

Saturday, 11 January 2014 - 8:11am IST | Agency: DNA

With general elections looming large, the state government has decided to fast-forward the Food security scheme. After dilly-dallying, the state government has decided to launch the scheme on February 1 at Airoli.

While as many as 7crore beneficiaries will benefit under the central government’s scheme, the state will also ensure that the remaining 1.77 crore beneficiaries living above the poverty line (APL), who do not fall into the criteria set by the state, are also provided subsidised food grains by incurring the expenditure burden on its own. This being done adheres to Government of India’s guidelines that the state should not be covering more than seven crore population under the Central Government Scheme.

Under the scheme, only 76.32 per cent of the rural population and 45.34 per cent of the urban population has to be covered under the GOI norms. Accordingly, the state has decided to cover 100 per cent of the population, which is covered under the Antyodhaya Yojana, that is around one crore will be fully covered, similarly, two crore BPL card holders will also be fully covered.

“Out of the 5.77 crore population covered in the APL category, the government has decided to cover those with an income between Rs15,001 to 44,000 in the rural areas, while those in the urban areas with an income between Rs15,001 to 59,000 will be covered. According to this criterion, as many as 2.17 crore people in rural areas and 1.83 crore of the population in urban areas will be covered,” said Food and Civil Supplies, secretary, Deepak Kapoor.

The state will be provided with 44 lakh quintals of foodgrain for the scheme and each person will be given 5 kg of foodgrain. The state will be giving grains such as wheat, rice, jowar and maize.
Wheat will be provided at Rs2 per kg while rice will be provided at Rs3 per kg. The ratio of grains will be decided on the basis of the regional food habits. For example, in the Konkan, people need more rice while Marathwada would require more wheat.

This is not all, the 1.77 crore in the APL category, who do not fall in the Central Scheme, for them the rice will cost Rs9.60 and wheat Rs7.20 per kg.

Food for thought
The state will be provided with 44 lakh quintals of foodgrains for the scheme and each person would be given 5 kg of foodgrains.

Wheat will be provided at Rs2 per kg while rice will be provided at Rs3 per kg. The ratio of grains will be decided on the basis of the regional food habits.

The 1.77 crore in the APL category, who do not fall in the Central Scheme, for them the rice will cost Rs9.60 and wheat Rs7.20 per kg.


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