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Gandhinagar: The issue of malpractices regarding the regular distribution of cheap foodgrains was echoed during the cheap question period in the Assembly House. In which the state government said that 21 cases were illegally sold in Ahmedabad district and a large quantity was sold repeatedly in Porbandar taluka.
Congress MLA Imran Khedawala asked a question on the issue of irregularities in cheap food grains during the question period in the assembly. In response to which, the Minister of Food and Civil Supplies Kunvarji Bavaliya from the government said that 21 malpractices of repeatedly selling cheap food grains have been caught in the state in Ahmedabad district. In which a case has been filed against five shopkeepers under PBM. While the licenses of two shopkeepers have been cancelled. 7 lakh 32 thousand 800 have been fined to the erring elements.
In Porbandar, massive government grain malpractices in two years
While the government admitted that a large quantity of cheap grain was sold from two taluks of Porbandar. Admitting that there was a government grain scam in Ranawav and Kutiana taluks in the last two years, the government said that a total of 22,737 10393 kgs of wheat were sold from the shops of the two taluks. While a total of 14,418 3406 kg of rice was sold from 32 shops of both talukas.
Further, Food Civil Supplies Minister Kunvarji Bavaliya said that 4066 metric tonnes of quantity has been distributed in January 2023. At present, 9700 metric tonnes of grain is available in 8 godowns in Gandhinagar district.
Distribution of free food grains under Garib Kalyan Yojana
Under the Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana as on 31.01.2023, 43,511 metric tonnes of food grains have been distributed in one year from February 2022 to December 2022 and 4066 metric tonnes of food grains have been distributed in January 2023 under the National Food Security Act 2013 announced by the Central Government. Under Antyodaya Yojana 3.50 kg wheat and 1.50 kg rice per person to priority families and one kg wheat and 4 kg rice to priority families have been distributed free of cost.
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Distribution of 15 kg wheat and 20 kg rice under AAY scheme
In January 2023 a. a. Y. Under the scheme, 15 kg wheat per card and 20 kg rice per card and 2 kg wheat per person and 3 kg rice per card for priority families are distributed free of cost. Both these cards are issued to the holders through biometric method. The Food Supply Corporation has eight godowns in Gandhinagar district. He added that 9700 metric tons of grain is available.
Input Credit- Narendra Rathore- Gandhinagar