'One nation-one ration -one election-one leader....wait': Mamata demands free ration for 1.3 billion Indians

'One nation-one ration -one election-one leader....wait': Mamata demands free ration for 1.3 billion Indians

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced free ration to people, beneficiaries of the state food scheme 'Khadya Sathi' till June 2021. This move has been brought about in a bid to outdo the 'PM Garib Kalyan Anno Yojna', a scheme of free ration covering 80 crore Indian people of a certain income bracket, now extended till November 2020, as announced by PM Modi on Tuesday to help the nation in its battle against the ongoing pandemic. The state 'Khadya Sathi' scheme covers more than 4 crore people in the state who used to get subsidized ration, 5 kg food grain at Rs 2 per kg, per person. But after the Covid-19 outbreak, Mamata Banerjee had made it free and had also included another 6 crore people in the state, not directly under the scheme but were given free ration. "Centre takes food grains from FCI but we take it from our farmers, the quality of the food grain we give is of better quality. We are not sure if the central scheme will continue or how long, thus we have decided to extend free ration to the Khadya Sathi beneficiaries till June 2021 so that no one stays hungry in the state. Another 6 crore who are now getting the free ration and will continue to get till September as announced previously, we will decide for them after September," said Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday after holding a cabinet meeting She also alleged that the central scheme of free ration covers 6.01 ...
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