Over 111 lakh metric tonnes food grains lifted through 3965 rail rakes during the lockdown in India

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Since the lockdown to contain the deadly Coronavirus was announced on 24th March in India, about 111.02 lakh metric tonnes of food grains have been lifted and transported through 3965 rail rakes, according to the Indian government.

In addition, transportation was also done through roads and waterways. A total of 234.51 LMT has been transported.

Also, over 15,000 MT grains were transported through 13 ships, while a total of 11.30 LMT food grains has been transported to the North-Eastern States.

Under the National Food Security Act and PMGKAY (Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojna), for the next 3 months total of 11.5 LMT food grain is required in North-Eastern states.

Under the Self-Reliant India mission, the government has also decided to provide about 8 lakh metric tonne food grains to nearly eight crore migrant labourers, stranded and needy families, who aren’t covered under National Food Security Act or State scheme Public Distribution System cards.

Meanwhile, the central government has also issued guidelines to state governments to ensure there is no obstruction in supply-chain management due to the Coronavirus-induced nationwide lockdown and check prices of all essential items.