Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav has written to Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi seeking directions to concerned authorities to provide, for at least six months, edible oil and food grains for residents of the drought-hit districts of the state.
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State Government request GoI to provide for a
minimum period of six months Arhar Daal, edible
oil and food grains for drought-hit districts
The entire population of these districts should be
benefitted under the National Food Security Act 2013,
without any bias of APL and BPL.
In case of non-availability of edible oil,
mustard/sesame oil allotment should be considered
Drought hit districts would require 37,000 metric
tonnes wheat, 29,000 metric tonne rice, 38,000 metric
tonne Arhar Daal and 1.89 crore litre oil per month.
State Government ready to bear the cost of distribution,
transportation and expenses on margin money
Chief Minister writes letter to Prime Minister
Lucknow: 16 March, 2016
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav has written to
Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi seeking directions to concerned
authorities to provide, for at least six months, edible oil and food grains
for residents of the drought-hit districts of the state.
Mr. Yadav has also requested that in case providing edible oil was
not possible, as an alternative, two litres of mustard/sesame oil be
provided per family every month. This would come out to be 38,000
metric tonne mustard/sesame oil. This will be a great help to the
population residing in 50 drought-hit districts of the state, the CM
The Chief Minister has apprised the Prime Minister that keeping in
mind the financial condition of the state, it was not possible for it to bear
this cost though it was ready to bear the cost of distribution,
transportation, and expenses on the margin money. With regards to this,
a letter written to secretary, consumer affairs, food and public
distribution, Government of India, on January 3, 2016 has also been
Mr. Yadav has also written that people in drought-hit districts and
farmers were facing the most difficult times due to the drought and it
was for the second consecutive year of poor and scanty rainfall, that this
year farmers are faced with extreme difficulties.
The state government, he underlines, was alive to the situation and
making efforts to mitigate problems faced by farmers. Of the 75 districts
in the state, 50 including Bundelkhand, were facing drought and in these
28 lakh families came under the Antyodaya category and under the
provisions of the National Food Security Act 2013, these families are to
be given 35 kg food grain per month for which 32,000 metric tonnes of
wheat and 68,000 metric rice.
After subtracting the Antyodaya units from the total population, 11
crore population is left out. Owing to the acute drought conditions, the
state government is of the view that without a bias of APL and BPL,
under the NFSA 2013, 3 kg wheat and 2 kg rice, per person per month
for the next six months so that the drought-hit districts can battle the
The Chief Minister also pointed out that the people of these
districts should be given protein as well and hence the state government
has decided that all Antyodaya families and eligible households be given
2 kg arhar daal, 1 litre edible oil per family.
In this manner, drought hit districts would require 37,000 metric
tonnes wheat, 29,000 metric tonne rice, 38,000 metric tonne Arhar Daal
and 1.89 crore litre oil per month. With regards to this, the honourable
Supreme Court of India has also issued directions on January 18, 2016
and February 1, 2016 in a public interest litigation (PIL) # WP (C)
857/2015-Swaraj Abhiyan Vs Union of India.
Eng. PN-CM-Letter to PM (Food Grain for Drought Areas)-16 March, 2016.doc