Hyderabad: The second phase of state distribution of free rice started on Friday. Chairman Civil Supplies Corporation Mareddy Srinivas Reddy along with Khairatabad legislator Danam Nagender formally launched the distribution here at a ration shop in Panjagutta. On the first day over 4 lakh beneficiaries received the free rice and red gram all over the state.
Addressing a press conference , Srinivas Reddy said that 2.52 crore white card holders received 3.18 lakh tons of rice in the month of April and in May the government will distribute 3.34 tons of rice to 87.55 lakh families. “The government has set aside Rs 1103 for this purpose,” he said. He added that 74.7 lakh card holders have received Rs 1500 cash benefit through banks and 5.22 lakh through Post Offices. He said that the government has spent Rs 1109 crore for this programme. The process of distribution of cash benefit for the month of May will begin from Saturday.
Regarding distribution of Red Gram (Kandi Pappu) he said that so far 87.55 lakh families received red gram worth Rs 68 crore . “We were supposed to receive 8,755 tons of red gram from Nafed meant for distribution in the month of May, however we have so far received 3,233 tons. Hence distribution was limited to Nizamabad, Warangal Rural, Nalgonda and Medak districts. Red gram distribution in Hyderabad will begin in full scale from Saturday,” the Chairman said.
Rice Procurement Status
The Telangana government has procured 23 lakh tons of paddy worth Rs 4,187 crore this Yasangi from 3.84 lakh farmers through 5770 procurement centres. The government also deposited Rs 1500 crore in the bank accounts of farmers. “The details of all these transactions have been uploaded in the OPMS (Online Personal Management System) software there by depositing the amount directly into the accounts. The details have to be entered without any delay,” he said.
The state is also sending 3 lakh tons of rice to states such as Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamilnadu and West Bengal.
No Politics Please
Urging opposition parties not to play politics in the name of “Talu” he reminded them that the norms of purity or moisture of the paddy have been decided by the union government and not the state. “If we do not purchase the paddy as per the norms the Food Corporation of India will not accept that paddy,” he said. He informed that the state can only purchase paddy which has moisture to a maximum of 17 percent, waste and Talu grain 1 percent, small stones and soil 1 percent, de-colored, germinated, insect eaten grain 5 percent , immature 3 percent and grain mixed with low quality paddy 6 percent.
He reiterated that certain quality issues arose as few farmers in erstwhile Karimnagar and Nizamabad districts cultivating 1106 and 1107 variety rice in certain parts. “The problem is not to be seen in other parts of the state. We have ordered the District Collectors to initiate action if any one troubles farmers in the name of low quality of rice in the guise of “Talu'” he warned.
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