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Free rice to be given after regular ration: Maharashta govt

Last Updated : 01 April 2020, 16:00 IST
Last Updated : 01 April 2020, 16:00 IST

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The Maharashtra government said on Wednesday that the five kg of free rice promised by the Centre for ration card-holders will be distributed only after they buy their regular quota of grains at Fair Price Shops.

This decision was taken as otherwise stocking of food grains and their transportation would pose a problem, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Chhagan Bhujbal said in a statement.

Free rice -- announced by the Centre last month as part of a relief package during lockdown on account of coronavirus -- would be provided every month from April to June and not in one go, he said.

The opposition BJP has been demanding distribution of free rice on priority basis.

Bhujbal said the Maharashtra government had already decided to distribute regular quota of food grains at ration shops for April, May and June in advance.

Stocking rice for distribution under the Centre's package alongwith three months' worth of foodgrains will be difficult for ration shops, he said.

More than two lakh ration card-holders in the state bought regular quota of food grains on Wednesday, Bhujbal further informed.

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Published 01 April 2020, 16:00 IST

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