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Coronavirus Outbreak: Centre Starts Providing 1 Kg Pulses To 20 Crore Families For 3 Months Under Public Distribution System

According to an official at National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India, 1.5 lakh tonnes of pulses have been released so far for distribution among families that have a ration card

Coronavirus Outbreak: Centre Starts Providing 1 Kg Pulses To 20 Crore Families For 3 Months Under Public Distribution System
Highlights
  • Pulses will be given to households identified by states under PDS
  • Central government will use its stock of pulses lying in about 165 godowns
  • Many states and Union Territories have begun distribution of pulses

New Delhi: With an aim to provide food and nutrition support to the poor and needy, during the ongoing coronavirus crisis, while announcing the lockdown relief package for poor, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman launched Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY) under which free distribution of five kg foodgrains per person and one kg of pulses per household was to be done. While the foodgrains were being distributed already, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has finally started to distribute one-kilogram pulses per month to about 20.39 crore households that hold ration card under National Food Security Act (NFSA) in the country for three months.

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According to an official at the Department of Food and Public Distribution, the move requires a massive operation of trucks and milling units which may have delayed the distribution of pulses. These operations include lifting of un-milled pulses from the godowns of Central/ State warehouses, getting the pulses milled or cleaned and then transporting the milled pulses to the States, by the central government. Transportation of the milled pulses to Public Distribution Shops (PDS) in districts, towns and villages will be done by state governments. He further added that all costs incurred in the implementation of this measure will be met by the central government.

Pulses for this initiative will be provided from stocks lying in about 165 godowns across the country that are being operated by National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation Of India (NAFED)- the apex organisation of marketing cooperatives for agricultural produce in India. AK Rath, Executive Director of NAFED said,

We are providing pulses to each state as per the quantity demanded by them. It is then their responsibility to provide to the identified households under NFSA. We have released about 1.5 lakh tonnes of un-milled pulses so far. Over 100 daal mills have been included in this process so far. Many states including Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Odisha, Rajasthan, and Tamil Nadu have begun distribution of pulses.

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In total, more than 8.5 lakh tonnes of un-milled pulses will be moved in this process to distribute about 6 lakh tonnes of milled or cleaned pulses to the beneficiaries.

Acknowledging the initiative, Neeta Hardikar, Director, Anna Suraksha Adhikar Abhiyan, a campaign organised by activists and experts for the right to food said,

It is good to see that the central government is finally recognising the need to add nutrition component in our current PDS system. But this is a temporary move and should be made permanent.

She highlighted that while pulses are a much-needed addition in PDS ration, considering the gravity of the problem of hunger and malnutrition in the country, providing just one kilogram of it to a household will not make any difference. She said that the average size of a family is four and in a family of four, one kg of rice will last for a maximum of three days.

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World

23,96,06,768Cases
20,13,42,617Active
3,33,82,100Recovered
48,82,051Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 23,96,06,768 and 48,82,051 have died; 20,13,42,617 are active cases and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 4:15 am.

India

3,40,37,592 16,862Cases
2,03,6782,908Active
3,33,82,100 19,391Recovered
4,51,814 379Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,37,592 confirmed cases including 4,51,814 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,03,678 and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,86,280 2,384

33,157 6

64,13,418 2,343

1,39,705 35

Kerala

48,29,944 9,246

96,421 1,802

47,06,856 10,952

26,667 96

Karnataka

29,82,399 310

9,607 43

29,34,870 347

37,922 6

Tamil Nadu

26,83,396 1,259

15,451 199

26,32,092 1,438

35,853 20

Andhra Pradesh

20,59,122 540

6,588 27

20,38,248 557

14,286 10

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,008 12

135 4

16,86,976 16

22,897

West Bengal

15,79,012 530

7,576 81

15,52,491 601

18,945 10

Delhi

14,39,311 28

337 1

14,13,885 29

25,089

Odisha

10,33,809 521

4,890 38

10,20,645 477

8,274 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,614 16

203 4

9,91,841 20

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,382 8

42 6

9,45,386 2

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,244 34

215 20

8,15,943 14

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,669 12

111 1

7,82,035 11

10,523

Haryana

7,71,035 16

105 158

7,60,881

10,049 174

Bihar

7,26,016 8

42 6

7,16,313 2

9,661

Telangana

6,68,618 168

4,171 40

6,60,512 207

3,935 1

Assam

6,05,847 207

3,646 157

5,96,263 362

5,938 2

Punjab

6,01,971 33

234 11

5,85,199 16

16,538 6

Jharkhand

3,48,406 11

130 4

3,43,141 7

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,729 28

175 22

3,36,157 6

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,30,834 93

935 11

3,25,473 104

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,113 182

1,387 5

2,16,011 173

3,715 4

Goa

1,77,356 68

679 27

1,73,342 39

3,335 2

Puducherry

1,27,259 49

647 4

1,24,763 53

1,849

Manipur

1,22,432 69

1,444 15

1,19,099 84

1,889

Mizoram

1,10,719 901

13,601 435

96,744 1,332

374 4

Tripura

84,295 4

110 8

83,369 12

816

Meghalaya

82,734 87

892 31

80,411 115

1,431 3

Chandigarh

65,295 10

32 5

64,443 15

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,958 4

202 22

54,476 26

280

Sikkim

31,722 6

224 1

31,108 7

390

Nagaland

31,516 9

230 8

30,613 17

673

Ladakh

20,867 6

44 2

20,615 4

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,675

3 1

10,668 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

2 0

10,312

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,640 3

10 1

7,501 2

129

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