The Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan has taken significant steps to improve the lives of its citizens by providing affordable electricity, water, and cooking gas. Now, it aims to further support the people by introducing a new initiative - the distribution of free ration to households. Starting next month, over 1.10 crore families associated with the National Food Security Scheme (NFSA) will receive packets of oil, spices, sugar, and pulses. The scheme's launch is scheduled for August 15, and it holds great importance for the government's strategy to connect with every household in the state before the upcoming assembly elections, which are just two months away. Through this welfare scheme, the government aims to make a positive impact on the lives of the people and ensure their well-being.
In the budget announcement, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan had promised to provide free wheat and other essential kitchen ration items to families associated with the National Food Security Scheme (NFSA). As part of this scheme, individual tenders will be conducted in each district to determine the rates for packets of oil, spices, sugar, and pulses. These items will then be distributed to the ration shops for the eligible families.
Currently, Rajasthan has more than 1.10 crore families, comprising a total population of over 4 crore individuals. Alongside the ration support, the government has also planned to distribute free smartphones to the public. Starting from next month, these smartphones will come with one year's worth of data to enable better connectivity and access to digital resources for the beneficiaries. This initiative aims to further empower the citizens and enhance their overall quality of life.
Under the Central Government's National Food Security Act (NFSA) scheme, each individual listed in the beneficiary family is entitled to receive 5 kg of wheat every month. The central government provides this wheat at a subsidized rate of Rs 2 per kg. However, in a significant move last year, the state government of Rajasthan decided to waive this Rs 2 fee and instead opted to cover the cost by allocating funds from its own resources. As a result, the beneficiaries in Rajasthan receive the 5 kg of wheat without any additional charge, thanks to the state government's initiative to support its citizens food security.
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