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Lifting of free foodgrain for stranded migrants

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Imphal, May 19:
Under Atma Nirbhar Bharat package, Government of India has provided food grains free of cost at the rate of 5 Kg (rice or wheat) per person and one kilogram Channa per family per month for two months i.e. May and June 2020 to mitigate their plight and to ensure availability of food grains to them during the COVID-9 pandemic lockdown. About 8 Crore migrant labourers who are not covered under National Food Security Act or without a ration card in the State/UT in which they are stranded at present will be eligible. The Government of India will bear the entire cost of food grains, cost of intra-state transportation, dealers’ margin, etc.
Allocation has been made taking 10% of the total number of beneficiaries covered under NFSA in a particular state/UT which is the maximum limit of allocation under the scheme. Identification of beneficiaries and distribution of food grains to such beneficiaries will be the responsibility of respective state/UT government. The state may distribute the food grains among the stranded migrants as per actual basis or the entire allocated quantity, whichever is lesser.
The validity period for lifting of the additional allocation for the month of May 220 is up to 31.5.2020 and for June 2020 is up to 15.6.2020. However, allocation for June can also be lifted in advance during May 2020.
The allocation for Manipur under the scheme for two months is 2456.781 MT rice (May-June). The Government of Manipur has placed indent for the months of May and June with FCI and started lifting the food grain. As of today 63 MT has been lifted from FCI godown at Sangaiprou.

Huirem Naresh

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