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Punjab to provide free foodgrain to 14 lakh persons

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh: Punjab will provide free foodgrain to 14 lakh persons, including stranded migrants, for two months. In a communication received from the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution this evening, the state has been asked to provide 5 kg foodgrain and 1 kg pulses per month to every stranded migrant, not covered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) or the state's public distribution scheme (PDS), during May and June.

This allocation for the migrants is in addition to the foodgrain quota given to the state for 1.41 crore beneficiaries registered under the state PDS. Punjab Food and Civil Supplies Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu said: "A meeting will be held tomorrow to chalk out a strategy for the distribution of foodgrain."

The state had earlier identified 26 lakh persons, including stranded migrants and non-smart cardholders for the distribution of free foodgrain for three months. These persons are not covered under Central or state welfare schemes like MGNREGA, NFSA and Jan Dhan.

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had recently directed the Food and Civil Supplies Department to hike the ration quota for migrants and non-smart cardholders.

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