INDIA - During the 2014-15 fiscal year, India has allocated 61.45 million tonnes of food grains to all the states, Indian minister of consumer affairs, food and public distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan said recently.
“Government of India has allocated 61.45 million tons of foodgrains for Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS)/ National Food Security Act (NFSA), Other Welfare Schemes (OWS), natural calamities etc. This includes additional allocation of 5 million tonnes of foodgrains allocated during July, 2014 for Above Poverty Line (APL) and Below Poverty Line (BPL) families,” the minister adds.
In addition, 10 million tonnes of wheat has been allocated under Open Market Sales Schemes Domestic (OMSS (D)) during the current year.
Out of 5 million tonnes of additional TPDS foodgrains and 10 million tonnes of OMSS (D) wheat allocations, total lifting upto February was 2.94 million tonnes and 3.95 million tonnes respectively.
The minister said that the stock of foodgrains in the Central Pool as on 16.2.2015 was 35.37 million tonnes against the minimum buffer norms of 21.41 million tonnes for January-March quarter.