Centre allocates 1.24 lakh tonne foodgrain for poorest districts

New Delhi: The Food Ministry has allocated 1.24 lakh tonnes of foodgrains for the poorest districts in Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, which will be utilised before March this year.

"Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has allocated 1,24,102 tonnes of food grains to the poorest districts of four states at BPL rate. The entire quantities have to be consumed before March, 2013," an official statement said on Thursday.

Odisha has been allocated 84,746 tonnes of rice at Below Poverty Line (BPL) rate for distribution among the poorest district in that State.

Similarly, an allocation of 35,464 tonnes has been made to Madhya Pradesh, which includes 7,092 tonnes of rice and 28,372 tonnes of wheat for the newly identified poorest districts of Alirajpur, Burhanpur and Dindori, it said.

Likewise, for Palakkad and Wayanad districts in Kerala, the ministry has allocated 152 tonnes of wheat and 608 tonnes of rice at BPL rate. That apart, 472 tonnes of rice has been allocated at Antyodaya Anna Yojna (AAY) rate for the state.

In Andhra Pradesh, the ministry has made an allocation of 2,660 tonnes of rice at Antyodaya Anna Yojna (AAY) rate for distribution to additional AAY families in Medak district.