PMGKAY: Wheat allocation to be cut, rice to go up for beneficiaries

The government will increase allocation of rice and decrease that of wheat to beneficiaries under its free grains programme as part of efforts to ensure availability of wheat in the domestic market amid a forecast of reduced crop yield this year. Under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY), 800 million poor people are … Read more

Govt revises OMSS policy; restores transportation charges: Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey

The government has revised the Open Market Sale Scheme (OMSS) of foodgrains for bulk consumers and private traders by restoring transportation charges that were waived last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey said on Saturday. Under the OMSS policy, the government allows state-run Food Corporation of India (FCI) to sell foodgrains, … Read more

Why Modi’s roll back of three farm laws may not be enough to pacify protesting farmers

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise move to scrap three contentious farm laws may not be enough to stem a yearlong protest movement by farmers, with the two sides yet to close the gap on another crucial issue — guaranteed prices for crops. The protesters plan to march to the capital New Delhi on Monday, … Read more