New Delhi : The Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today informed that during the COVID-19 pandemic year 2020-21 and 2021-22 under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) a total of nearly 600.814 lakh tons of food grains was allocated. Out of this allocation nearly 400.703 lakh tons has been lifted (released) as on 14th July, 2021.
She informed the total stock of foodgrains in the Central Pool as on 01.07.2021 was 900.45 lakh tons consisting of 603.56 lakh of wheat and 296.89 lakh tons of rice.
For transparent distribution of food grains and rightful targeting under NFSA, nearly 4.96 lakh e-PoS devices have been installed, out of a total of nearly 5.38 lakh FPS, all over the country, through Aadhar authentication. In this regard, transaction details are available in the public domain. Further, whenever e-PoS device is not available or not working at FPS, this Department has advised all States/UTs to distribute the subsidized/free food grains in the presence of Government official/Staff.