Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, Apr 27:
The Union Government has given Rs.3,331.39 crore as food subsidy to Odisha during the 2015-16 fiscal, said Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan to Lok Sabha yesterday.
This amount is among the highest given to any state during the fiscal.
While Madhya Pradesh got Rs.5,737.29 crore, Odisha got 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.
“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.
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.
Overall, Rs.1.34 lakh crore in food subsidy was given to the Food Corporation of India (FCI) and various other states during the said period. (With inputs from IANS)