12 July 2021, New Delhi: The Government of India is running the longest ever exercise of distributing free food grains to the people during COVID-19 pandemic time to ensure food security. Central Government has extended Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana for 5 months i.e.July-November 2021and further allocation of 198.79 LMT food grains have been made under PMGKAY-IV (July-November 2021).
Under PMGKAY-IV (July-November 2021), lifting has been started by 31 States i.e. Andhra Pradesh, A&N, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, D&N Haveli/Daman & Diu, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Ladakh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal and 15.30 LMT food grains have been lifted upto 12th July, 2021.
Food Corporation of India has already positioned adequate stocks in all States/ UTs for successful implementation of PMGKAY-IV. At present, 583 LMT wheat and 298 LMT rice (Total 881 LMT food grains) are available under Central Pool.
Under PMGKAY-III (May-June 2021) Food Corporation of India has supplied 78.26 LMT free food grains to all 36 States/ UTs.
FCI is transporting food grains all across the country to ensure smooth supply to all States/ UT Governments. Since 1stApril 2021, 4005 food grain rakes have been loaded by FCI.