Beneficiaries can get foodgrain quota from any ration shops: Minister

The Centre is working on the portability of foodgrains entitlement under PDS and the eligible beneficiaries can get their quota of grains from any ration shops, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said.

Addressing the first meeting of food commission chairmen from states/UTs, the minister said the Centre is working on the portability of PDS entitlements and will be progressively extended.

He said once the portability of PDS (public distribution system) implemented, beneficiaries will be free to receive their entitlements from any ration shops without being bound to a particular shop.

This is already underway in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Haryana, Gujarat and Delhi, an official statement said.

Under the food security law, government is providing highly subsidised foodgrains to over 80 crore people.

It supplies 5 kg of wheat and rice per person per month at Rs 2-3 per kg.

(Agencies)