Thiruvananthapuram, Jul 5 (UNI): Food Corporation of India (Kerala) General Manager VK Yadav on Monday said 3.87 lakh metric tonnes of foodgrains worth 1,238 crore will be available free of cost to 1.54 crore beneficiaries in Kerala till November 2021.
Addressing a press conference here, VK Yadav said “Under the fourth phase of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, 3.08 lakh metric tonnes of rice and 0.79 lakh metric tonnes of wheat will be available free of cost in the State.”
This is more than 2 times the normal allocation, he added.
“The FCI is fully prepared for the fourth phase of the project and has made arrangements to ensure that food grain stocks reach all parts of the state,” he said.
There is no shortage of food grains in the FCI depots in Kerala and there are 3.98 Lakh Metric Tonnes of rice and 0.98 Lakh Metric Tonnes of wheat at present.
During the third phase of PMGKAY, about 1.54 crore beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act in Kerala were provided with 5 kg of rice/wheat in addition to their regular food grain quota.
During the Kharif season 2020-21, FCI procured 851.73 lakh MT of paddy. This is 10 per cent more than the previous year. During the 2021-22 Rabi season, 432.83 Lakh MT of wheat was procured. This is 12 per cent more than the previous year.