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Food Bill will help 62% of state’s population,says Deshmukh

The state government on Tuesday said that about 62 per cent of state's total population would benefit from the National Food Security Bill to be implemented from December.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: April 9, 2014 2:39 pm

The state government on Tuesday said that about 62 per cent of state’s total population would benefit from the National Food Security Bill to be implemented from December. Of the 11.23 core people in the state,it would benefit 7.17 crore.

Giving details,Food and Civil Supplies Minister Anil Deshmukh said the scheme would benefit 76 per cent of the rural population and 54 per cent of urban population. The state will distribute over three lakh metric tonnes of food grains worth Rs 900 crore every month,Deshmukh said.

“All ration cards will be scrapped once the scheme is implemented and replaced by priority and non-priority cards. Priority cardholders will get five kg of food grain per person per month at a subsidised rate of Rs3 a kg,” he said.

The minister told this in the House in the absence of opposition members who had boycotted blaming the government for not revoking the suspension of Shiv Sena MLC Diwakara Raote. Members of the ruling alliance however praised the Congress and its leadership for bringing the Bill.

Deshmukh said if the government fails to provide food grains,it will give food allowance as compensation. “Warehouse facilities will have to be increased to implement the scheme. At present state godowns have a storage capacity of 5.5 lakh metric tonnes. We have spent Rs 2,000 crore to augment it by another 13.5 lakh metric tonnes,” he said.

Congress MLC Manikrao Thakre said the 90 lakh beneficiaries of the Antyoday Scheme will continue to receive their share of 35 kgs of grains per family per month.

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