To meet the additional requirement of foodgrains amid the nationwide lockdown and novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the government has allowed the States to directly purchase a fixed quota of wheat and rice from state-run Food Corporation of India (FCI) depots without participating in an e-auction under the open market sale scheme.
“The Food Corporation of India (FCI) is ensuring uninterrupted supply of wheat and rice throughout the country during the lockdown period. FCI is fully prepared to meet not only the food grain requirement under the National Food Security Act (NFSA),” the MInistry of Consumer Affairs said.
The Ministry added, “Considering the emergent situation, the States have been allowed to take rice under the Open Market Sales Scheme (OMSS) at Rs. 22.50/kg without participating in E-auction to meet any requirement over and above the NFSA allotment and additional allocation done under PM Garib Kalyan Yojana Allocation.”
So far, 93387 Metric Tonnes (MT) rice has been allotted to the following 6 states as per their requests of which Rs 50,000 tonne to Telangana, 16,160 tonnes to Assam, 11,727 tonnes to Meghalaya, 10,000 tonnes to Manipur, 4,500 tonnes to Goa and 1,000 tonnes to Arunachal Pradesh.
The Ministry further informed that in view of the outbreak of COVID-19, apart from regular e-auction, the District Magistrates/Collectors have been authorized to lift directly from FCI depots at OMSS reserve price to cater to the needs of Roller Flour Mills and other wheat product manufactures.
Till now, 79027 MT wheat has been allotted in the following states through this route. Of which, 35,675 tonnes for Uttar Pradesh, 22,870 tonnes Bihar, 11,500 tonnes Himachal Pradesh, 4,190 tonnes Haryana, 2,975 tonnes Punjab, 1,000 tonnes for Goa, 375 tonnes for Uttarakhand and 342 tonnes for Rajasthan, it said.
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