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Saffron ration cardholders: Maharashtra government to provide food grains at subsidised rates

Maharashtra Minister Chhagan Bhujbal informed that saffron ration cards will now get 3 kilograms of wheat and 2 kilograms of rice per person for next two months at subsidised rates.

Saffron ration cardholders: Maharashtra government to provide food grains at subsidised rates
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Maharashtra Food and Civil Supplies Minister Chhagan Bhujbal has announced that food grains will be home delivered to those who possess saffron ration card (Kesari ration card) for the next two months and that too at subsidised rates. The saffron cardholders are families with an annual income of ₹15,000 to ₹1 lakh. 

Chhagan Bhujbal on Wednesday held a meeting of district supply officers across Maharashtra via video conferencing and directed the officials to ensure that the delivery of food grains was done in a transparent manner even though the ration cards are not Aadhar card seeded. 

Bhujbal said that the number of such people across the state is expected to be around 3.08 crore, the Times of India reported. The minister further informed that saffron ration cards will now get 3 kilograms of wheat and 2 kilograms of rice per person every month at subsidised rates. 

With 71.54 lakh ration cards, the supply offices will have to produce 92,532 tonnes of wheat and 60,688 tonnes of rice. The rice will be provided at ₹12 per kg while the wheat will be given at ₹8 per kg during the months of May and June. 

During his meeting with the district supply officers, Bhujbal said that all precautions should be taken while delivering the food grains to the needy, without any allegations or complications. Moreover, the details of people being given the food grains should be noted with their signature and thumb impression. 

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government is also planning to provide food grains at subsidised rates to the stranded migrant workers and labourers who don’t have ration cards. Chhagan Bhujbal wrote to Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan demanding an additional quota for the same. 

The Maharashtra government has increased the number of meals under Shiv Bhojan Thali to 1.5 lakh. Earlier, the government was providing meals to one lakh people. The Shiv Bhojan Thali scheme is a highly subsidised meal available for the poor and the needy. 

Since the nationwide lockdown has been extended till May 3, the demand for the Shiv Bhojan Thali schemes has increased, especially among the homeless and stranded migrant workers and labourers who are left with no money and work due to the coronavirus outbreak. 


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