Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday flagged off a fleet of 2,500 ‘Mobile Dispensing Units’ (MDUs) as part of the public distribution system, which will supply ration and quality rice at the doorstep of the beneficiaries across the state.
Official Said, From February 1, quality rice and ration provisions will be delivered by 9,260 vehicles at the doorsteps. In this scheme, the government will be spending Rs 830 crore more.
The Civil Supplies department has incorporated changes in procuring rice to reduce husk and chipped rice. It will also supply sortex rice to beneficiaries without stones or damaged grains.
He Said, At the doorstep of the cardholders by taking their fingerprints and supplying ration in reusable bags with precise weight, quality rice will be distributed with the volunteer system.
Besides, the delivery vehicles are also fitted with GPS devices, requiring each of the vehicles to deliver goods within 18 days of each month.
The state government has bought the 9,260 vehicles at a cost of Rs 539 crore to supply ration and quality rice at the doorstep of the beneficiaries. These will be supplied to the eligible ration cardholders at a subsidy of 60 percent through various corporations under the employment guarantee scheme for unemployed youth.
With each vehicle costing Rs 5.8 lakh, the subsidy works out to Rs 3.48 lakh. As many as 700 vehicles will be allotted through ST corporation, 2,300 through SC corporation, 3,800 through BC corporation, 660 through minorities corporation, and 1,800 through the EWEB corporation.
Civil Supplies Minister Kodali Sri Venkateswara Rao and other senior officials accompanied the Chief Minister during the flagging off ceremony.