Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said there is no shortage of rice in Maharashtra and price will be steady. He was responding to concerns voiced by members of the APMC on a possible hike in prices of rice.“Paddy production in Maharashtra was good. The state government has surplus foodgrains,” the government said and warned of stern action against anyone trying to create panic and encouraging hoarding of paddy.
State government data showed 8.77 crore people are availing subsidised rice at Rs 3 per kg under the National Food Security Act, Below Poverty Line and Antodaya Yojna of the centre and state. It includes a special package for 68 lakh farmers in 14 drought-hit districts of Vidarbha and Marathwada. Under these schemes, the state government has provided rice at Rs 3 per kg and wheat at Rs 2 per kg. Each family gets 35 kg and individuals upto 5 kg. There are 54,000 fair price shops across the state.
Agriculture Minister Eknath Khadse said he had suggested stern action against any individual trying to create panic through false alarm and paving the way for hoarding of food grains.