The Gujarat State Government told the state assembly that it has doubled the quantity of rice given under the National Food Security Act, 2013, since September last year. State food and civil supplies minister Mr. Jayesh Radadiya said that the government was giving a maximum of 30 kg of wheat at Rs 2 per kg and five kg of rice at Rs 3 per kg. However, based on the complaints and requests received it was decided to make the representation to the central government to increase the quota of rice. The central government agreed to give additional quota of rice to the state, and since September, the quantity of rice given to the families was doubled. The state in the first nine months of the implementation of the act has distributed 16.20 lakh metric tonnes of rice and wheat.
Mr. Radadiya, replying to a question said that earlier the state used to supply 1.76 lakh metric tonnes of food grains under the Act, which has since September increased to 1.86 lakh metric tonnes. The state had till December distributed 16.20 lakh metric tonnes of food grains as against the allocation of 16.21 lakh metric tonnes. He further clarified that the government in Ahmedabad city alone has distributed 89.16 MT of Tur dal to 89,162 families.