The government on Friday said ration card holders covered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) will get 5 kg of rice or wheat free of cost for two months starting May. This will be in addition to their regular quota of subsidised foodgrain.

NFSA covers about 800 million people. The additional quantity of foodgrain will be distributed under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY), a scheme launched in March last year to ensure food security for the poor during the ongo ..

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The government is likely to spend Rs 26,000 crore in two months for distribution of 8 million tonnes of foodgrain. Last year, it had allocated 32.2 million tonnes of free foodgrain at a cost of Rs 1.22 lakh crore, in addition to the Rs 12,000 crore spent on the distribution of pulses and chana under PMGKAY.

The official said there is sufficient quantity of rice and wheat in the godowns, but the buffer stock of pulses is low.

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