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Stock of foodgrains adequate to meet the PDS requirement

New Delhi, Aug 11: The stock of foodgrains in the Central Pool as on 1.8.2015 was 520.75 lakh tons as against the foodgrain stocking norms of 411.20 lakh tons for the Central Pool for July-September quarter which is adequate to meet the requirement under TPDS and OWS as per the existing level of allocation.

This information was given by the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

He said that based on reports received from the States/UTs, the number of ration card beneficiaries (as on 31.12.2014) under TPDS were 19.92 crore. For the year 2014-15, Government released a total subsidy of Rs.113171.16 crore. (INN)

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