Food grain quota of state should be increased: Food Minister Shri Tomar

Writes letter to Union Food and Public Distribution Minister
Bhopal, June 21, 2019 (Muslim Saleem): The Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumers Protection Shri Pradyuman Singh Tomar has put forth a demand before the Government of India that food grain quota under the public distribution system of the state should be increased. In this context, he has urged the Union Minister for Food and Public Distribution System Shri Ramvilas Paswan through a letter.
It has been said in the letter that food security of good quality on reasonable price has been given to the people of the country under the right based Food Security Act-2013 at national level. Under this Act, a target has been set to provide ration at low rates to 75 percent population of Madhya Pradesh. He has informed that ration is being provided to 5 crore 46 lakh eligible families of the state at present, whereas this population is just 66 percent of the total population i.e. 8 crore 23 lakh of the state of 2011. Shri Tomar stated that as a result, according to the target, practical difficulties are being faced by the state government in providing ration at low rates to the eligible families. Despite eligibility under the notified primary families, eligible persons are unable to utilise their rights of targeted public distribution system as they cannot be included in list because they are outside of the fixed food grain allotment limit of the central scheme.
Shri Pradyuman Singh Tomar has also mentioned in his letter about the consent of zero hunger given by the Government of India under the substantial development goal fixed till 2030 under the United Nation Development Plan. He has said that 5 crore 46 lakh beneficiaries are being benefitted by the targeted public distribution system under the food grain allotment limit received from the Government of India. As per the Act, food grain at the ratio of 5 k.g. per member is being made available to all the primary families. In various nutrition calculations, the conclusion has emerged that an adult person needs minimum 8 k.g. food grain in a month for proper diet. He further informed that food grain quantity being made available by the Government of India is 3 k.g. less than the actual requirement. Shri Tomar has demanded that 45 k.g. food grain per family should be given to the beneficiaries in place of 35 k.g. under the Antoday Anna Yojana.
Food Minister Shri Tomar has urged the Union Minister Shri Paswan that 5 k.g. quantity of food grain per member being given to primary families under the Act should be increased to 8 k.g. per member per month and 45 k.g. per family should be made available for the beneficiaries under the Antoday Anna Yojana to enable beneficiaries to receive adequate food grain.