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Govt slashes wheat allocation for 10 states to tide over any crisis | India News

NEW DELHI: The government on Friday reduced the wheat allocation by nearly 40% for 10 states under the food security scheme, NFSA, amid concerns over fall in wheat stock with Food Corporation of India (FCI). This comes in less than a week after it slashed wheat allocation for 11 states under the PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojna (PMGKAY).
According to the recent food ministry’s circular, the revised wheat allocation under NFSA will be applicable till March 2023. The updated allocation shows that Bihar and Jharkhand would get 50% less wheat from June to March and in the case of Odisha, the entire allocation will be rice, meaning there will be no wheat allocation for the next 10 months.
The ministry’s circular said the wheat allocation has been revised “to ensure management of foodgrain stocks” to position rice stock for distribution of fortified rice, to ease pressure on the logistics after consultations with states.
As per the revised norms, the total allocation of wheat to the 10 states under NFSA will be 9.39 lakh tonnes per month till March compared to earlier allocation of 15.36 lakh tonnes.

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