FPS agents under the supervision of the DSO of CAFPD department have been entrusted to deliver the monthly rations to the homes of the eligible families.
In view of the resurgent of COVID 19 pandemic, the Government of India had extended the PMGKAY to all beneficiaries covered under NFSA from May to June 2021.
FCI has a total storage capacity of 62,812 MT in Manipur which is sufficient to store six months’ allocations under NFSA. At present, 56,336 MT rice are available in various FCI godowns in the state, FCI regional deputy general manager Gongreipou Kamei said.
Asking both the commissioner of CAF and PD, and the DC of Kakching to present their respective reports before three weeks, the notification also directed them to ensure distribution of NFSA and PMGKAY rice in the interim.
Food Corporation of India (FCI) has supplied 77.42 LMT free food grains to all 36 states/ UTs under PMGKAY-III (May-June 2021) till June 28, 2021.
Instances of beneficiaries refusing to accept rice when agents allegedly tried to distribute in lesser quantities cropped up in almost all districts of Manipur. Several beneficiaries from different districts have urged the authorities concerned to look into the alleged irregularities in the distribution of rice.
Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura lift full allocation of PMGKAY rice for May-June 2021.
NFSA rice allocation for January was issued from February 9 and the rice for the month of March was issued from April 3, a release stated.
In a letter addressed to the chief minister, former MCPR member Keisam Pradipkumar also requested to utilise the said funds for providing food grains to the public irrespective of card holders or not to prevent food crisis among poor people facing prolonged lockdown and curfews.
As sparks fly over rice distribution for the poor amid the Covid pandemic, the Department of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution (CAFPD) Manipur clears the air.
The Commission issued the directive, following a complaint lodged by one E Rajib Singh and others in connection with the alleged irregularities in rice distribution under PMGKAY in view of COVID 19 pandemic.
The Kanglei Indigenous Martial Arts and Cultural Society (KIMACS) has sought the Manipur government's action to ensure equal distribution of rice to all beneficiaries of PMGKAY and NFSA as many of them failed to get right amount of rice quantity distributed in the state.
There are hardly any individuals who can take action against irregularities in implementation of PMGKAY since the agents in localities are people who have close connection with those in power, says AMUCO.
Persons who do not have valid ration cards of National Food Security Act (NFSA) will not be covered as per the guidelines of the scheme.
The Social Youth Organisation has appealed to the government to address the problem of the economically backward people of Sanjenbam, Manipur.
In his sixth televised address to the nation since the pandemic, the prime minister announced the extension of PMGKAY by five more months and said that over Rs 90,000 crore will be spent on the extension of the programme.