States asked to keep Fair Price Shops open all days for timely distribution of foodgrains amid lockdown
To ensure safe and timely distribution of NFSA and PM-GKAY III food grains, the Centre has asked all states and Union territories to open Fair Price Shops for beneficiaries for longer duration.
In view of the ongoing lockdown in some states and Union territories, states and Union territories have been asked to ensure that Fair Price Shops (FPS) are exempted from the restricted hours of opening of regular markets.
The Department of Food and Public Distribution has asked all states and UTs to keep the Fair Price Shops open preferably on all days of the month and distribute PMGKAY III and NFSA foodgrains to beneficiaries in a staggered manner throughout the day to enable proper social distancing and adherence to COVID-19 protocols at Fair Price Shops.
The above measure will ensure that foodgrain under PMGKAY III and NFSA will be made available by States/UTs to all NFSA beneficiaries in a safe and time bound manner, duly observing COVID -19 protocols, as per advisories issued by this department, the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution said in a statement.
All states and UTs have been requested to take necessary steps for timely distribution of foodgrains at their FPSs without causing hardships to the beneficiaries, and to give wide publicity to the measures undertaken in this regard.
Distribution started under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY III) for two months period i.e. May and June 2021 in same pattern as earlier by providing an additional quota of free-of-cost foodgrains (Rice/Wheat) at a scale of 5 Kg per person per month, over and above their regular monthly NFSA entitlements to about 80 Crore beneficiaries covered under both categories of NFSA, namely Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and Priority Householders (PHH).