Gujarat government has announced to start Free Ration Scheme 2020 to tackle Coronavirus (COVID 19). In this scheme, the state govt. will provide free food items like wheat, rice, pulses, sugar absolutely free of cost. This scheme will ensure that no poor people in the state remain hungry during 21 day Lockdown period. Around 60 lakh ration card holder families (3.25 crore people) to benefit from this scheme.
Coronavirus (COVID 19) is a pandemic which is quite scary if it takes the form of community transmission. Starting from Wuhan in China, this disease is a major outbreak in Italy, Spain and 180+ countries worldwide. To prevent its outbreak in India and particularly in Gujarat, the state govt. has started Free Ration Scheme 2020-21.
This scheme will benefit all poor people along with daily wage workers by ensuring proper food supply in lockdown period.
Gujarat Free Ration Scheme 2020-21
CM Vijay Rupani has announced on 26 March 2020 to provide food items such as wheat, rice, pulses and sugar free of cost to around 60 lakh ration card holding families. The distribution of essential food commodities under Gujarat Free Ration Scheme 2020-21 will be done through fair price shops starting from 1 April 2020. This scheme will ensure that poor who depends on daily wages for livelihood are not affected by 21 day nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus outbreak.
This scheme will ensure that buyers will not have to line up in front of ration shops to buy monthly ration. People will not have to purchase food items for the month of April. With the entire country under lockdown, Gujarat govt. has taken this important decision for poor families.
Around 60 lakh families or 3.25 crore individuals holding ration cards will get food items under Free Ration Scheme in Gujarat. This includes 3.5 kg wheat and 1.5 kg rice per person and 1 kg of pulses, sugar and salt per family free of cost from April 1. The chief minister said his government is concerned about the state’s poor families and will continue to take decisions to ensure they do not face hurdles during the lockdown.
As works have been closed for 21 days, poor families earning daily livelihood face great problems. CM said that the sensitive government understands this and will take more such decisions in future so such people do not face face much hurdle. CM Vijay Rupani also requested people to stay indoors for 21 days. Gujarat govt. has so far reported 38 cases of Coronavirus and one death due to COVID-19. The entire state is under lockdown.