COVID-19: Amid lockdown, Centre announces relief measures for the poor

PUBLISHED ON MAR 25, 2020 08:13 PM IST
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To ensure sufficient supply during the lockdown, the government on Wednesday decided to increase monthly quota of subsidized foodgrains by 2 kg to 7kg per person through ration shops for 80 crore beneficiaries. “The government has decided to provide 7 kg per person of foodgrains to 80 crore people under the Public Distribution System (PDS), which the world's largest food security system,” Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said. The cost of wheat is Rs 27/kg, which will be provided at a subsidised rate of Rs 2 kg, while the cost of rice is about Rs 32/kg but will be supplied at Rs 3/kg through ration shops, he said.

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