Uttarakhand

The poor will get cheap sugar and salt in Uttarakhand

Proposal will be brought in the upcoming cabinet meeting: Rekha Arya

Dehradun. 13.75 lakh families linked to the state’s Antyodaya and National Food Security Scheme (NFSA) will get two kg of sugar and one kg of salt at 50 per cent subsidy. It will be brought up in the upcoming cabinet meeting for approval.
Food Minister Rekha Arya while conducting a departmental review directed the officials to prepare a cabinet note for this scheme. Arya said that the government does not want to let there be shortage of food for every poor and needy family in the state. The central government has made free five kg of food grains per unit available under NFS. To complete the kitchen, now the state government is also going to provide sugar and salt at a subsidized price. Earlier, a scheme to provide three free gas cylinders in a year to Antyodaya families has been started.
Arya told that instructions have been given to solve the problem of biometric machines being faced by ration dealers and consumers. Along with this, good quality laptops and e-pos machines have also been asked to be installed. In the meeting, Secretary Food Brajesh Sant informed about the progress of departmental schemes. During this, Additional Commissioner PS Pangati, RMO CM Ghildiyal etc. were also present.
The Food Minister also assured appropriate action regarding the dividend of the ration dealer. He said that the dividend of food grains given under NFSA is released from the level of the Central Government. Earlier, the state government had released funds from its own level. Now the Central Government is being requested to release the dividend at the earliest. The dividend after March 2023 will be released as soon as the budget comes from the center

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