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Shiv Bhojan thali at Rs 5 till Sept, PDS scheme for orange cards to continue: Bhujbal

Shiv Bhojan thali at Rs 5 till Sept, PDS scheme for orange cards to continue: Bhujbal

Nashik, Jul 3 (UNI) Considering the COVID-19 woes, the Shiv Bhojan thali scheme--government's initiative to provide food to the needy at minimal pricing--will be given at Rs 5 up to the month of September, announced Food and Civil Supplies Minister Chhagan Bhujbal.

Rolled out on January 26 this year, the thali was priced at Rs 10 but the amount was halved after the pandemic outbreak so that more people, including stranded workers, homeless persons and students, can satiate their hunger without worrying to shell out much.

"Due to the unusual situation created by Corona, it has been decided to provide Shiv Bhojan thali at Rs five for next three months. The decision will be a great relief to the hungry and needy citizens," stated Minister Bhujbal on Thursday.

The scheme has been introduced up to taluka level while its' distribution has increased fivefold in districts, he apprised, adding that the serving time of the thali has also been extended.

One can purchase the food from 1100 hours to 1500 hours. The government pays the per plate subsidies of Rs 45 and Rs 30 for urban and rural areas, respectively, he mentioned.

In order to maintain hygiene, the Shiv Bhojan outlets have been asked to make provision for washing hands and disinfect the place on a daily basis.

In another heavy sigh for commoners, he announced that the PDS scheme, through which the orange ration card holders were given 3 kg wheat and 2 kg rice per person at discounted rates in May and June, will be continued for two more months.

"More than three crore citizens, who are not covered under the National Food Security Scheme, are benefiting from this plan," he told.

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