FCI will no longer sell wheat and rice to state governments

Central government's decision, Karnataka's grain guarantee scheme got a blow
New Delhi. The new fledgling Congress government in Karnataka has suffered a major setback. During the elections, he had guaranteed 'Anna Bhagya Yojana' to the people of the state. Under this guarantee, there is a plan to provide 10 kg food grains per person per month to all BPL families. Meanwhile, the central government has stopped the sale of wheat and rice from the Food Corporation of India (FCI) to the state governments.
Let us tell you that the Center sells its pooled grain from FCI in the Open Market Sale Scheme. Now apart from the north-eastern states and natural calamity states, it has been refused to give to anyone. Due to this, the Karnataka government is facing problems regarding the free grain scheme. He has accused the Center that this has been done to thwart his plan.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah blamed the BJP government at the Center saying that his government had demanded 2.28 lakh metric tonnes from FCI for supply of food grains under the Anna Bhagya scheme. On June 12, FCI had sent two letters agreeing to supply about 2.22 lakh metric tonnes. A day later came a directive from the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution to stop the sale of wheat and rice from FCI's stock.
According to the new order, FCI can sell rice from the central pool stock to private parties as per requirement under the Open Market Sale Scheme. Sale of wheat and rice under OMSS to State Governments has been discontinued. Apart from the northeastern and hilly states, exceptions have been made to those areas where the law and order situation has deteriorated or the states which are facing natural calamities.
Siddaramaiah claimed that despite having a stock of seven lakh tonnes of rice, the Center was stopping the sale of FCI to the states. The state is looking at procuring rice from FCI to a large extent. Not thinking of buying more wheat.
Siddaramaiah said the Karnataka government has approached rice-growing states like Chhattisgarh and Telangana as well as agencies that provide rice. The Central Government will be responsible for any delay. Let us tell you that this scheme will be implemented from July 1.
Countering Siddaramaiah's claims, BJP general secretary CT Ravi said that if the CM cannot arrange 10 kg rice per person then he should transfer the market price of rice to the bank accounts of the poor. He said, 'It is the BJP government led by Narendra Modi, which is giving 5 kg rice to all the poor families of the state.'