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Modi government launches new scheme in 15 states - 81 crore ration card holders will benefit 2020

Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, said the government has launched Rice Fortification Scheme in every district in 15 states to provide nutritious food to the beneficiaries of the National Food Security Act.  Under him, distribution of nutritious rice has started in selected districts of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh.  It may be mentioned that under the National Food Security Act, cheap foodgrains are made available to about 21 crore ration card holders of the country.
 Distribution of nutritious rice will start soon in Odisha and Uttar Pradesh.  Other states have also been asked to start it soon.  Malnutrition and anemia can be overcome with rice rich in iron, folic acid and vitamin B-12.
Order to send four months' worth of grain across the country

 Paswan has been ordered to deliver four months' supply of foodgrains to every corner of the country to meet the foodgrain requirements under the Food Corporation of India and government schemes.  The Union Minister has given this order in view of the problems that come with transportation during the rainy season.
 Paswan said the rainy season is starting.  In view of this, the Food and Public Distribution Department and the FCI have been directed to ensure that adequate foodgrains for the next four months are delivered to every corner of the country on a temporary basis as soon as possible so that there is no shortage during the rainy season.

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