Centre gave Rs.1.34 lakh crore as food subsidy: Minister

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Tuesday told the Lok Sabha that the government had provided Rs.1.34 lakh crore in food subsidy to the Food Corporation of India and various states during the 2015-16 fiscal.

“The government gave Food Corporation of India Rs.1.12 lakh crore, Andhra Pradesh Rs.1,364.25 crore, Bihar Rs.2,540.92 crore, Chhattisgarh Rs.3,328.93 crore, Gujarat Rs.55.57 crore and Kerala Rs.834.42 crore,” the minister said in a written reply.

The minister said Madhya Pradesh got Rs.5,737.29 crore, Odisha Rs.3,331.39 crore, Punjab Rs.300 crore, Rajasthan Rs.155.11 crore, Tamil Nadu Rs.936.89 crore, Telangana Rs.1,390.08 crore, Uttarakhand Rs.408.67 and West Bengal Rs.2,465.87 crore.

Chandigarh received Rs.14.31 crore, Puducherry Rs.54.59 crore and Dadra and Nagar Haveli Rs.71 lakh in food subsidies.

“Rs.2.79 crore was given to Andaman and Nicobar, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Delhi, Goa, Lakshdweep, Mizoram and Sikkim as central assistance under the National Food Security Act,” Paswan said.

–IANS

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