Atma Nirbhar Bharat package: Not even 50% of food grains allocated for migrants distributed

Only 33 per cent of free foodgrains and 56 per cent of free gram, allotted for migrants under the Atma Nirbhar Bharat package, has actually reached the intended beneficiaries.

Out of 8 lakh tonnes of foodgrains allocated for the migrants, 6.38 lakh tonnes was lifted by the states and Union Territories but only 2.64 lakh tonnes was distributed to intended recipients in the last four months.

As part of the government’s response to the pandemic, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had on May 14 announced free foodgrains for two months to migrants. Under the project, each such migrant family was to be given 5 kg of foodgrains and 1 kg gram per month for May and June. Later, states were given two more months more, July and August, to distribute the already lifted foodgrains.

26 out of 36 states and Union Territories have lifted 100 per cent of foodgrains with respect to their allocations. Only four states Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Nagaland and Odisha have reported 100 per cent distribution of foodgrains among the recipients.

The data shows that despite lifting 100 per cent under this scheme, Andhra Pradesh reported nil distribution and Telangana and Goa reported 1 per cent and 3 per cent distribution, respectively.

Sitharaman had said that about 8 crore migrants are expected to benefit from this measure. The amount of foodgrains was allocated according to that estimate. However, states reported a much lower figure of 2.80 crore migrants to the Centre.

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