Only 33 per cent of free foodgrains and 56 per cent of free gram (whole), allocated for migrants under the Atma Nirbhar Bharat package, have actually reached the intended beneficiaries, shows data available with the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
Only 33 % of Foodgrains allocated for Migrants Distributed
Out of 8 lakh tonnes of foodgrains (wheat and rice) allocated for the migrants, 6.38 lakh tonnes (80 per cent) was lifted by the states and Union Territories but only 2.64 lakh tonnes (33 per cent) could be distributed to intended beneficiaries in the last four months, the data as on August 31 shows, according to officials in the ministry.
As part of the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had on May 14 announced free foodgrains for two months to migrants who were neither beneficiaries of the National Food Security Act NFSA nor had a ration card in the state they were stationed in.
Under the scheme, each such migrant family was to be provided with 5 kg of foodgrains and 1 kg gram (whole) per month for May and June. Later, states were given two more months — July and August — to distribute the already lifted foodgrains.
However, till August 31, all the states and Union Territories have been able to distribute only 41 per cent of 6.38 lakh tonnes of foodgrains they had lifted under the Atma Nirbhar Bharat package.
he data shows that across the country, 1.17 lakh tonnes of foodgrains were distributed to migrants in May; 1.24 lakh tonnes in June; 15,223 tonnes in July; and only 7,643 tonnes in August.
While 26 out of 36 states and Union Territories have lifted 100 per cent of foodgrains with respect to their allocations, only four — Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Nagaland and Odisha — have reported 100 per cent distribution of foodgrains among the beneficiaries.