Centre releases Rs. 600 cr., 89,540 tonnes of grains for Kerala Extract

80 tonnes of pulses will be supplied daily
Central assistance of Rs. 600 crore was released to the Kerala government on Tuesday. This includes Rs. 500 crore announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rs. 100 crore announced by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The National Crisis Management Committee, chaired by Cabinet Secretary P.K Sinha, was informed by the Kerala government that the situation was improving now but there were some isolated pockets still under water. The Centre has also approved 89, 540 tonnes of additional grains for Kerala. It has also started sending 80 tonnes of pulses (dals) every day to the State. This is in addition to the 100 MT of pulses supplied earlier. “The centre, under the National Food Security Act, already provides Kerala 1.18 lakh tonnes of foodgrains, which we shall continue giving. In addition to it, we have decided to provide 89,540 tonnes of foodgrains to the State to extend the coverage to entire State,” Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said here on Tuesday. Under the National food security Act, 52.3% of the rural population and 39.5% of the urban population receive subsidised foodgrains—wheat is sold at Rs. 2 per kg and rice at Rs. 3 per kg. With the additional foodgrains, the coverage will be hundred per cent. “As per the provisions, we can extend this special assistance for 90 days. We will take a call later as per the ground assessment,” Mr. Paswan added.
Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/centre-releases-rs-600-cr-89540-tonnes-of-grains-for-kerala/article24748422.ece

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