Centre extends free foodgrains under National Food Security Act

RNS: Union Cabinet has approved providing free food grains under the National Food Security Act till December 2023.

Addressing the media, Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Piyush Goyal said that around 81.35 crore beneficiaries who earlier used to procure foodgrains at subsidised rates will now get the foodgrains free of cost. He said, the Centre would bear the entire cost amounting to around 2 lakh crore rupees per year.

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved Minimum Support Prices for copra for the 2023 season.

Addressing media after the Cabinet Meeting,  Information and Broadcasting Minister  Anurag Singh Thakur said, the MSP for fair average quality of milling copra has been fixed at 10 thousand 860 rupees per quintal.

He said, MSP for ball copra has been fixed at 11 thousand 750 rupees per quintal. Mr. Thakur said, this is an increase of Rs 270 per quintal for milling copra and 750 rupees per quintal for ball copra over the previous season.


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