Centre Asks States To Issue Ration Cards To Most Vulnerable, Poor People | News

June 8, 2021 0 Comments



States, Union Territories have been issued advisories by the Central Government to distribute ration to poor, vulnerable people amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

Highlights
  • Centre has asked states/UTs to add coverage of 1.97 crore people under NFSA
  • The food ministry has issued an advisory to all states and UTs
  • NFSA provides 5 kg wheat, rice per person every month at subsidised rates

New Delhi: The Centre has issued an advisory to all states and UTs to identify and issue ration cards to the most vulnerable and economically weaker sections of society to ensure their coverage under the National Food Security Act (NFSA). The Centre’s directive comes amid various reports that the poorest of the poor are in dire need of foodgrains but they are unable to procure ration card. Addressing a virtual press conference, Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey said states and Union territories have scope to add coverage of 1.97 crore under the NFSA. As many as 14 states have completed 100 per cent coverage quota.

Also Read: COVID-19 Crisis: Delhi Government To Provide Free Ration; Financial Aid To Auto, Taxi Drivers

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the food ministry said it is important to ensure coverage of all eligible identified persons from the most vulnerable and economically weakest sections of population under the NFSA. On Wednesday, the food ministry has issued an advisory to all states and UTs to launch a special drive to reach out, identify and issue NFSA ration cards to the most vulnerable and economically weakest sections of the population in urban and rural areas.

States should do this by utilising the available coverage under their respective NFSA limits, the ministry said in a statement. The ministry asked states and UTs to reach out to vulnerable and weakest sections of the society such as street dwellers, rag pickers, hawkers and rickshaw pullers.

The operational responsibilities of identification of eligible persons and households under NFSA and issuance of ration cards to them rest with the states and UTs, the statement said. States and UTs may be aware, the advisory said, that during the current pandemic scenario, there are several reports/grievances through media, newspapers, NGOs and individuals stating that the vulnerable and weakest sections of the society, who are in dire need of foodgrains, are unable to procure ration cards.

It is felt that some of the poor and needy people, who also may not have address proof, may find it difficult to obtain a ration card, it added. Under the NFSA, the government provides 5 kg of wheat and rice per person every month at highly subsidised rate of Rs 2-3 per kg. Around 80 crore people are currently covered under this law passed in 2013. The government buys wheat and paddy from farmers at minimum support price to meet the foodgrains requirement under the food law. State-owned Food Corporation of India is the nodal agency for procurement and distribution of foodgrains.

Also Read: NITI Aayog Suggests Policy Measures To Ensure Subsidised Foodgrains Supply To Needy

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

17,36,25,299Cases

5,83,34,141Active

11,15,54,381Recovered

37,36,777Deaths

Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,36,25,299 and 37,36,777 have died; 5,83,34,141 are active cases and 11,15,54,381 have recovered as on June 8, 2021 at 3:40 am.

India

2,89,96,473 86,498Cases

13,03,70297,907Active

2,73,41,462 1,82,282Recovered

3,51,309 2,123Deaths

In India, there are 2,89,96,473 confirmed cases including 3,51,309 deaths. The number of active cases is 13,03,702 and 2,73,41,462 have recovered as on June 8, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

58,42,000 10,219

1,77,182 11,202

55,64,348 21,081

1,00,470 340

Karnataka

27,07,481 11,958

2,38,845 15,681

24,36,716 27,299

31,920 340

Kerala

26,42,395 9,313

1,48,246 12,819

24,83,992 21,921

10,157 211

Tamil Nadu

22,56,681 19,448

2,32,026 12,263

19,97,299 31,360

27,356 351

Andhra Pradesh

17,63,211 4,872

1,14,510 8,916

16,37,149 13,702

11,552 86

Uttar Pradesh

16,99,083 694

15,681 2,263

16,62,069 2,860

21,333 97

West Bengal

14,32,019 5,887

26,886 8,568

13,88,771 14,352

16,362 103

Delhi

14,29,475 231

5,208 681

13,99,640 876

24,627 36

Chhattisgarh

9,81,860 1,285

21,090 2,190

9,47,527 3,449

13,243 26

Rajasthan

9,46,975 629

15,744 2,831

9,22,544 3,429

8,687 31

Odisha

8,19,214 6,118

68,374 2,352

7,47,805 8,429

3,035 41

Gujarat

8,17,012 778

16,162 1,846

7,90,906 2,613

9,944 11

Madhya Pradesh

7,85,767 571

8,860 1,243

7,68,538 1,782

8,369 32

Haryana

7,62,931 640

8,024 1,073

7,46,156 1,674

8,751 39

Bihar

7,13,879 762

8,231 477

7,00,224 1,196

5,424 43

Telangana

5,93,103 1,933

25,406 1,610

5,64,303 3,527

3,394 16

Punjab

5,80,829 1,269

19,995 2,165

5,45,674 3,350

15,160 84

Assam

4,38,746 3,804

50,019 846

3,85,032 4,613

3,695 37

Jharkhand

3,41,576 358

5,312 374

3,31,204 726

5,060 6

Uttarakhand

3,34,419 395

14,122 2,003

3,13,566 2,366

6,731 32

Jammu And Kashmir

3,01,467 977

23,524 3,217

2,73,853 4,178

4,090 16

Himachal Pradesh

1,95,755 656

7,555 806

1,84,885 1,444

3,315 18

Goa

1,59,811 418

6,397 757

1,50,574 1,095

2,840 80

Puducherry

1,09,561 482

7,546 724

1,00,377 1,196

1,638 10

Chandigarh

60,707 48

740 93

59,193 139

774 2

Tripura

56,169 700

6,018 97

49,579 595

572 8

Manipur

55,828 598

8,984 200

45,948 783

896 15

Meghalaya

39,156 438

5,327 256

33,160 689

669 5

Arunachal Pradesh

29,696 360

3,440 153

26,131 513

125

Nagaland

22,918 145

4,703 29

17,786 171

429 3

Ladakh

19,258 61

1,011 78

18,052 139

195

Sikkim

17,170 59

4,051 255

12,846 314

273

Mizoram

13,996 317

3,388 109

10,553 208

55

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,419 25

154 25

10,261

4

Lakshadweep

8,775 38

845 160

7,889 195

41 3

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,131 12

96 7

6,912 18

123 1





Source

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *