UP: May 20 to 31, free ration to be doled out from government ration shops

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Lucknow, 19 May: Due to the surge in Covid cases in second wave and resulting lockdown across that state of Uttar Pradesh, the poor, destitute and the needy will be given free ration under the free ration scheme from May 20 to 31 from all government ration shops.

However, instructions in this regard have been issued to the districts for this. This information was given by Commissioner of Food and Logistics Manish Chauhan on Wednesday.

He informed that 05 kg per unit of food grains will be distributed in May and June on the units related to Antyodaya and eligible household ration cards, free distribution of 03 kg of wheat and 02 kg of rice per unit on all types of ration cards will be carried out.

Chouhan informed that under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (Phase-3), in May, 2021, Antyodaya and distribution of food grains to eligible household beneficiaries will start from May 20 and will be completed by the 31st. The facility to get food grains under portability to ration card holders will be allowed May 29 May to May 31.

He informed that under the One Nation-One Card scheme, eligible beneficiaries and migrant labourers will have the facility to get their food grains from any fair price shop under the portability of the state. Distribution will be made after Aadhaar authentication through e-pos machines. Through this, distribution will be made through mobile OTP verification to consumers who cannot get food grains.

He told that 1 crore, 30 lakh, 07 thousand, 969 Antyodaya ration card holders and 13 crore, 41 lakh, 77 thousand, 983 eligible household ration card holders of the state will get the benefit. He said that a roster of distribution of essential commodities will be distributed by the District Magistrates at every fair rate shop, so that there will not be a huge crowd at the fair price shops.

He said that there should not be more than five consumers at a time in a shop and a distance of at least one meter will be kept between two consumers to maintain social distancing.