The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh plans to continue free ration distribution to all 15 crore beneficiaries in the state. Earlier, the Chief Minister had announced that the free ration scheme would continue till March 2022.
The free ration distribution turned out to be a major issue in the recently concluded Assembly polls in which the BJP retained power in the state. The scheme was launched last December for four months. The beneficiaries received packed 1 kg of whole chana, 1 litre of edible oil, 1 kg of salt once every month, apart from 5 kg of wheat/rice per unit (family member) per month through the network of 80,000 fair price shops under the Public Distribution System (PDS). The Antyodaya or the poorest families were entitled to 35 kg of wheat/rice per ration card irrespective of number of units or the size of the family, apart from getting other commodities.