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Foodgrain stock enough for PDS allocation: Thomas

posted Nov 24, 2011, 5:08 AM by Puneet Goyal
New Delhi, Nov 22 (PTI) India has adequate foodgrains in its central pool at 55.75 million tonnes for allocation under subsidised food schemes, Parliament was informed today.
The stocks in the central pool as on November 1, 2011, comprise 26.08 million tonnes of rice and 29.67 million tonnes of wheat, Food and Consumer Affairs Minister K V Thomas said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
"The current level of stock of foodgrains in the central pool is adequate to meet the requirement of foodgrains as per existing level of allocations under Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) and other welfare schemes (OWS) during the current year," Thomas added.
Under the TPDS, foodgrains are allocated to states and Union Territories at the rate of 35 kg per family per month for Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Antyodaya Anna Yojna (AAY) families.
The allocation of foodgrains for Above Poverty Line (APL) families is made depending upon availability of stocks in the central pool and past offtake.
The present level of allocations to APL families is between 15 kg and 35 kg per family per month in different states and Union Territories.
The allocation of foodgrains are made for other welfare schemes such as mid-day meal scheme and ICDS on the basis of assessed requirements under these schemes, the minister said.
On the above basis, the requirement of foodgrains for TPDS and OWS upto March 2012 is estimated at around 27.6 million tonnes, Thomas added.
The government has allocated 61.20 million tonnes of rice and wheat under TPDS and OWS during the current year, thus making substantial quantity of foodgrains available through the PDS at subsidised price, he said.