Government distributes only 13% of food grains to migrant laborers in two months


The ministry has said in its data that under the Aatmanirbhar India package, eight crore migrant laborers without ration cards were given five kg of food grains in May and June. But till now only 2.13 crore laborers have got the benefit.

During the lockdown, the migrant laborers not only had the crisis of employment but returning to the hometown, providing food for the family was even more distress for them. In such a situation, the Central Government announced relief for about 8 crore migrant laborers and needy families under the Aatmanirbhar India package. According to the announcement, it was said that all the migrant laborers (even those without ration cards) should be provided free grain for the month of May-June. The central government decided that 5 kg of rice/wheat and 1 kg of gram pulse per person would be given free of cost to all migrant laborers who returned home. For this, the central government allocated 8 lakh metric tonnes of food grains to all states.

However, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has stated in its data that in the last two months only 13 percent of the grain received by the state governments was distributed to migrant laborers. Till now only 2.13 crore laborers have got the benefit. In May, 1.21 crore people and 92.44 lakh people in June have availed this scheme.

Earlier, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced on May 14 that for all migrant laborers (who do not have ration cards) they will get 5 kg rice or wheat and 1 kg gram for two months. A provision of Rs 3500 crore was made for this scheme by the Central Government.

According to the data released by the ministry, all the 36 states and union territories have so far raised 6.38 lakh metric tonnes of food grains, which is 80 percent of the eight lakh metric tonnes of food grains allocated by the central government. However, the distribution among the people has been only 1.07 lakh metric tonnes, which is only 13 percent of the total grain allocated by the central government.

It has been told in the data that many states have taken the entire grain under the quota fixed for two months but have not distributed it yet. At least 26 states have taken 100 percent of their quota grain from the center, but none of these states have given food grains to all migrant laborers for the last two months so far.

Uttar Pradesh was allotted 1,42,033 metric tonnes of food grains by the central government, of which the state has picked up 1,40,637 metric tonnes but only 3,324 metric tonnes of food grains to 4.39 lakh needy in May and 2.25 lakh people in June has been distributed. That is, only 2.03 percent of the grain has been allocated so far.

The Bihar government has also taken 100 percent of its quota (86,450 metric tonnes). But till now only 3.68 lakh needy people have consumed 1.842 MT of food grains. That is, only 2.13 percent grain has been distributed. This figure is for the month of May. No food grain has been given to anyone in the month of June.

At the same time, 11 states have not distributed even one percent of the grain that they took from the centre. These states are Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Ladakh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Odisha, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Tripura.