The Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ms. Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti in a written reply to Lok Sabha said during the year 2021 about 6.71 lakh metric tons of foodgrains were allocated free of cost under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) to Telangana state and during the year 2020, 7.66 LMT of food-grains was given.
Under the PMGKAY, the government has made an allocation of foodgrains at 5 kg per person per month free of cost for around 80 crore beneficiaries of all the 36 states/UTs covered under NFSA (Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) & priority households (PHH)) including those covered under direct benefit transfer (DBT) for a period of 8 months i.e April-November, 2020 and again similarly during the period May -November, 2021. During the year, 2020, about 322 Lakh Metric Tons (LMT) of food-grains and during the year 2021, about 278 LMT foodgrains were allocated free of cost under PMGKAY scheme to approximately 80 Crore NFSA beneficiaries.
The targeted public distribution system under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 is operated under the joint responsibility of central and state/UT governments. It is the responsibility of the State/UT Governments to identify eligible households/beneficiaries covered under NFSA namely Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and priority households (PHH) as per criteria evolved by the concerned State/UT Government. Issuance of their ration cards and distribution of foodgrains to them as per their entitlement through fair price shops, is also the responsibility of the respective State/UT Govt.