Food Grains worth Rs. 643 crore distributed free in Covid pandemic: Jai Ram Thakur
Piyush Goyal Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution said that the State of Himachal Pradesh has made tremendous progress in all spheres of development during its fifty years of Statehood. He said not only the State had pioneered in various sectors, but also shown a way for other States of the country.
He said that all schemes launched by the Union Government were aimed at welfare and development of every section of the society. He said that Jan Dhan Yojna has ensured financial benefits of various schemes directly in the bank accounts of beneficiaries. He said that Sobhagya Yojna had ensured electric connections to every village and house. He said that Kusum Yojna had ensured clean and cheap power to the consumers, whereas Ujjwala Yojna had provided relief to the women from kitchen smoke and Ayushman Bharat Yojna had provided free health insurance to 50 crore people of the country.
While interacting with the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, Union Minister asked about benefits of the scheme.
Speaking on the occasion Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, an ambitious scheme launched by the Central Government had ensured food security to the people during the Covid pandemic. He said that food grains worth Rs 643 crore were distributed for free to the families in the State. He said that population over 80 crore was benefitted under this scheme. CM said that 7 lakh ration card holders were covered under the National Food Security Act. He said that more than 12 lakh APL ration card holders were also being benefitted under this scheme.
Jai Ram Thakur said that under the scheme, 69,000 ton of rice and 42,000 ton of wheat were distributed for free allocation in the year 2020-21 in the state. CM said that State was fortunate to have benevolence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that Mukhyamantri Grihini Suvidha Yojna and Mukhyamantri HIMCARE had covered the left out beneficiaries of Ujjwala Yojana and Ayushman Bharat Yojna launched by the Union Government.