Lucknow: In a pro poor move, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to distribute additional foodgrains allotted by the Centre to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families from August 2011 to March 2012.

As per directives from the Food Department, now BPL and Antyodaya families will get additional 3kg wheat and 6.25 kg rice from the ration shops.

About 65.845 lakh BPL families and 40.945 lakh Antyodaya families in the state presently get 35 kg foodgrains per month. Now, with an additional 3 kg wheat and 6.25 kg rice, they will be receiving 44.25 kg foodgrains.

The Centre has allocated an additional quota of 5, 46,122 metric tonne of rice and 2, 72,758 metric tonne of wheat for BPL and Antyodaya families for the period of August 2011 to March 2012. It is worth mentioning that wheat and rice will be distributed to the BPL and Antyodaya families at the same price.

In a directive issued to all the districts by the Commissioner, Food and Civil Supplies, Santosh Kumar, the allocated grains should be lifted one month in advance so that distribution is not delayed.

He also directed the officials concerned to check black marketing and diversion of the additional grains. The District Magistrates have been asked to ensure the distribution of foodgrains in the presence of supervisors.

JPN/Bureau