Telangana may take back up to 100,000 tn rice from central pool

Friday, Jul 17, 2020


By Sampad Nandy


NEW DELHI – Telangana government is likely to take back up to 100,000 tn rice procured for the central pool back into the state pool, a senior official with the state government told Cogencis. 


"The state is providing free food grains under different schemes and we may require more than what we have in the state pool. In that case, we need to purchase that quantity from the Centre, so we may choose to keep it in the state pool," the official said. 


The state government has so far taken back nearly 10,000 tn of rice from the central pool, due to which the contribution to the central pool from the state has fallen to 7.45 mln tn this week. 


"We have started taking back rice as per our requirement and we will take back some more when needed," the official said.    


Telangana is providing free food grains to people who are not covered under the national food security plan, in line with the Centre's free food grain distribution plan–Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana. 


The Centre had launched the free food grain scheme in April to support weaker sections of society during the nationwide lockdown. Under the scheme, the government provides 5 kg food grains free to over 800 mln beneficiaries of the national food security plan every month till November. This is in addition to their monthly entitlement of 5 kg rice or wheat at subsidised prices.  


Telangana is also providing additional ration to most beneficiaries covered under the state-run social welfare schemes and the requirement is being fulfilled from the state pool.


Telangana is one of the largest contributors of rice to the central pool. So far in 2019-20 (Oct-Sep), the state's contribution of 7.45 mln tn accounts for nearly 15% of the overall central procurement.  End


Edited by Shirsha Thakur


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