Current level of foodgrains adequate: Govt
The current level of foodgrains is adequate to meet the requirements of existing level of allocations.
This information was given by Minister of State (IC) for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution K.V.Thomas in a written reply in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
"The stock of foodgrains (rice and wheat) in the Central Pool as on 1st November, 2012 was 695.29 lakh tons, comprising 289.54 lakh tons of rice and 405.75 lakh tons of wheat," said Thomas.
"The current level of foodgrains is adequate to meet the requirements of foodgrains under Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) and Other Welfare Schemes (OWS) at the existing level of allocations," he said.
During the year 2012-13 the government has allocated 50 lakh tons of foodgrains for additional Below Poverty Line(BPL) families in the States/ Union Territories(UTs) and 19.42 lakh tons of foodgrains for additional BPL and Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) families in the poorest districts of the States, said the minister.
Additional allocation of about 60 lakh tons of foodgrains has also been made during 2012-13 for ensuring 15kg-35kg per family per month for accepted number of Above Poverty Line (APL) families in the States/UTs.
"Thus substantial additional allocation has been made during the current year, over and above the normal TPDS allocation to ensure foodgrains at affordable prices to consumers," he said.