Foodgrain released for Kerala

NEW DELHI, FEB. 26. The Union Rural Development Ministry has released 25,000 metric tonnes of rice for Kerala under the special component of the Sampoorna Grameen Rozgar Yojana. The foodgrain is to be utilised for creation of additional wage employment in the seven drought-affected districts.

The Food Corporation of India has subsequently been directed to release the foodgrain and the validity period for lifting of allocated rice will be three months.

Of the total allocation, Thiruvananthapuram will receive 3,500 MT, Kollam 3,000 MT, Pathananmthita 3,000 MT, Alappuzha 3,000 MT, Idukki 4,500 MT, Ernakulam 3,500 MT, and Thrissur 4,500 MT.

It may be recalled that SGRY was launched on September 25, 2001 by merging the ongoing schemes of Employment Assurance Scheme (EAS) and the Jawahar Gram Samridhi Yojana (JGSY). The objectives of the programme are to provide additional wage employment in the rural areas as also food security, along with the creation of durable community, social and economic infrastructure in the rural areas.

Under the SGRY, with an annual outlay of Rs 10,000 crore, fifty lakh tonnes of food grain are being provided every year free of cost to the State Governments and the Union Territories. As much as Rs 5,000 crore is kept to meet the cash component of wages and material cost. The special component of the SGRY replaced the Food for Work Programme on April 1, 2002.