Food subsidy scheme: Himachal demands wheat flour, not grain

New Delhi, Sep 30 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Monday asked the central government to provide wheat flour in place of wheat grain under the National Food Security Act that will enable over 37 lakh people to get subsidised food grains in the state.

Speaking at food ministers' conference here, Food Civil Supplies Minister G.S. Bali said there were no grinding facilities in remote and rural areas of the state and the people were demanding wheat flour in place of wheat grain.

He said the state has to bear the entire expenditure of grinding wheat in order to provide to the beneficiaries.

"The state does not have sufficient funds for conversion of wheat grain into flour. We demand reimbursement of full expenditure," he said.

Himachal Pradesh launched the central government's scheme Sep 20. It became the fifth Congress-ruled state to start the central government's flagship social welfare scheme that entitles 67 percent of the population to monthly subsidised food grain.

Bali also sought central assistance for enhancing the storage capacity of food grains.

The minister said the state has food grain storage capacity for around 45 days only.


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