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People to get 3 months’ rations through fair price shops: Gaude

Ponda: Civil Supplies Minister Govind Gaude on Saturday announced that all fair price shops of the civil supplies department will be opened from next week and ration card holders will get rations of three months in advance strictly through a home delivery system.

Speaking to ‘The Navhind Times’, Gaude said, “The civil supplies department has already started distributing foodgrains to its all 454 fair price shops across the state. The people will start getting the foodgrains soon.”

Ration card holders will get rice and wheat as per number of family members and type of card, with the prices of Rs 3 per kg of rice and Rs 2 per kg of wheat.

The state government has decided to supply three months’ rations to each cardholder in the light of the nationwide lockdown.

To make purchases, people will not have to step out of their houses, as home delivery system proposed with volunteers will take care of supplying the rations to the people. “Only thing people will have to do is to hand over their ration cards to volunteers, and then they will get food supply. No biometric details will be used. Only a register of ration card holders will be maintained, minister explained.

MLAs, panch members, councillors and some other people have been roped in as volunteers for home delivery, Gaude said.

“It will take another three-four days to streamline the entire process and home delivery system…There is no need to panic. People will get enough food supply soon,” he promised.

Gaude held a meeting with several distributors and wholesalers of groceries in Ponda, chalking out a plan to bring enough foodgrains into the state.

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