The Congress on Tuesday alleged that the Modi authorities has diminished the ration of the 81 crore poor individuals by 50 per cent within the new 12 months. The opposition occasion mentioned 81 crore Indians who have been eligible for 10 kilograms of foodgrains will now get solely 5 kilograms.
“The 12 months 2023 started with the miserable information that PM Modi’s Cupboard has discontinued the Pradhan Mantri Garib Anna Kalyan Yojana (PMGKAY), which offered a further 5 kgs of meals grains to beneficiaries underneath the Nationwide Meals Safety Act (NFSA),” mentioned AICC common secretary Jairam Ramesh.
He mentioned with this sudden discount of rations by 50 per cent, the prime minister has taken this “regressive” determination with no session with state governments nor any dialogue in Parliament.
The Centre had undertaken the distribution of free meals grains for 28 months underneath PMGKAY in view of the Covid pandemic however the scheme resulted in December.
Nevertheless, the Cupboard has determined that subsidised foodgrains distributed to about 81.35 crore beneficiaries underneath NFSA can be given free in 2023.
Union Minister Piyush Goyal has mentioned 5 kg of meals grains per individual to Precedence Households (PHH) beneficiaries and 35 kg per family to Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) beneficiaries (poorest of the poor) can be offered freed from value for the 12 months 2023 and burdened that it confirmed the “sensitivity” of the Modi authorities.
However Ramesh on Tuesday accused the Modi authorities of “falsely trumpeting” the free 5 kg of grains underneath the NFSA as a historic determination benefiting the poor.
The primary beneficiary, nonetheless, is the Modi authorities which can save over Rs. 1 lakh crore, and never ration card holders whose spending will enhance,” he mentioned in a press release.
The Congress chief alleged that now a household of 5 is compelled to spend round Rs 750 extra each month, which is round Rs 9,000 extra yearly.
He additionally dubbed the prime. minister as a ” grasp of U-turn”, alleging that he opposed schemes like MGNREGA and NFSA throughout UPA however now takes credit score for them.
The Modi authorities was compelled to supply additional rations through the COVID-19 pandemic because of the deep financial misery, he mentioned and claimed an identical scenario is prevailing right now.
Each primary necessity is dearer than it was on the time of the UPA authorities, incomes of the vast majority of Indians haven’t risen, and unemployment is at a document excessive, he claimed.
Ramesh mentioned the “Starvation Watch” survey finds that 80% of individuals report some type of meals insecurity.
India now ranks 107 of 121 international locations within the International Starvation Index 2022, he mentioned. ” The Modi authorities must be reminded that offering rations underneath NFSA shouldn’t be a present to the individuals of India, however their proper, Ramesh mentioned.
“The Indian Nationwide Congress calls on the Modi authorities to make use of the Rs 1 lakh crore saved by discontinuing PMGKAY to strengthen the meals safety system in 3 ways.
“First, practically 10 crore individuals who ought to maintain ration playing cards are excluded due to the inordinate delay within the 2021 Census. They should be included instantly,” he mentioned.
The Congress chief alleged that the Centre has failed to reply to the Supreme Court docket order that rations must be offered to all migrant staff even when they don’t maintain ration playing cards. “It should instantly comply,” he burdened.
“The NFSA gives Rs. 6,000 per little one to girls as maternity entitlements. Nevertheless, the federal government illegally limits this to Rs.5,000 for the primary little one solely. The Modi authorities should cease violating the NFSA instantly,” the previous Union minister mentioned.
“In 2013, CM Modi opposed the NFSA. From MGNREGA to the NFSA, CM Modi opposed pro-people UPA insurance policies, however PM Modi takes credit score for them. He really is the U-Flip Ustad,” Ramesh alleged.
(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is printed from a syndicated feed.)
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