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Food-for-work grains released

Our Bureau

NEW DELHI, Sept. 6

UNDER ``food-for-work'' programme during 2001-02, about 18.41 lakh tonnes of foodgrains have been released to the drought/flood and natural calamity affected States namely, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Raj asthan, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala.

In addition, one-lakh tonne of foodgrains are being recommended for release to the flood-affected State of Bihar. During 2000-01, Rs 300 crore was allocated under the programme. About six lakh tonnes of foodgrains (wheat & rice) were released to the conc erned States, except Uttaranchal.

The Ministry of Rural Development released Rs 300 crore to the DRDA's to make payment to the FCI against the actual lifting of foodgrains by the DRDA's and Relief Commissioner, according to an official release.

As per the latest reports received from the State Governments and the Department of Food and Public Distribution against the total foodgrains of 24.41 lakh tonnes released to the states, so far, about 14.49 lakh tonnes, including paddy, have been lifted, out of which 7.21 lakh tonnes have been distributed by the concerned States.

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