Largest Ration Subsidy
Amid the ongoing health crisis and lockdown across the whole nation due to COVID-19, Union Cabinet Minister Prakash Javadekar addressed a press conference and informed that the government has decided to reduce the price of Wheat from ₹27/kg to ₹2/kg and Rice from ₹32/kg to ₹3/kg under the subsidy scheme for next three months.
It is estimated that around 80 crore beneficiaries will be benefited by introducing a subsidy in the Public Distribution System (PDS). Each person will get 7 kg of food grains per month. Every state has been notified to collect grains from the Center in advance to distribute among the public, the minister said.
States Join the Effort
Meanwhile, different states have also declared relief packages to meet the specific regional and necessary demands of the public. The Delhi government has made shelters with food facilities to accommodate homeless people. CM Arvind Kejriwal also said that the Delhi government is in the process of introducing a relief package to provide free-ration and double pension to 72 lakh people whose jobs are affected by COVID-19 lockdown.
Punjab‘s CM Amarinder Singh has approved ₹20 crore relief packages for free food distribution and medical facilities in the state. In Haryana, families below the poverty line will get free ration from the state government from April, said CM Mahnor Lal Khattar. Kerala government has promised to provide every citizen of the state, irrespective of their economic condition, with a full supply of ration. Further, the state is also under process to build up fast track restaurants which will provide a meal at ₹20. The government of Tamil Nadu said that it will provide ₹1000 to all ration cardholders along with free rice, sugar and other essential commodities.