PM Anna scheme may help Telangana farmers | Hyderabad News – Times of India


HYDERABAD: The Union cabinet’s decision to extend the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY) — a scheme as part of Atmanirbhar Bharat to supply free foodgrains to migrants and poor — till March 2022 could come in handy for Telangana’s paddy farmers.
Sources said extension of the scheme would entail the Centre to procure additional rice and distribute the consignment to the needy as part of the scheme and it was for this very reason, the Union government was reviewing the estimates on paddy procurement from the states.
“However, the procurement issue is not specific to Telangana as the Centre is looking at the entire scenario. It has surplus stock and several states have already supplied surplus stock to the Food Corporation of India in the last two seasons. The government is implementing the PM Anna Yojana for the poor in the post-pandemic scenario,” sources said.
The Union civil supplies ministry has already said Telangana’s request for a higher paddy purchase quota for the current season is being considered.
However, Telangana is still trying to avoid deadlock over procurement of parboiled rice.
Union tourism minister G Kishan Reddy had made it clear that the Centre will not purchase parboiled rice and buy only raw rice.
BJP sources said: “The decision has been taken as consumption of parboiled rice has decreased and other states are increasing their paddy growing area. With the PM Anna scheme, there may be a fresh demand for rice and the Centre will be reviewing this.”

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