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Centre changes norms for foodgrain distribution under SGRY

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New Delhi, Sep 12 (UNI) The foodgrain norms for distribution under the Sampoorna Grameen Rozgar Yojana (SGRY) have been changed by the Ministry of Rural Development in view of the limited availability of foodgrains this year.

It has decided to allocate the entire available quantity of 17 lakh metric tonnes of foodgrains under SGRY to States and UTs along with the first instalment of cash component. It has also been decided, as a special case, to give foodgrains to the labourers under this Yojana at the rate of 3 Kg instead of 5 Kg per mandays as part of wages in the current year.

The decision was taken by Minister of Rural Development Raghuvansh Prasad Singh in view of the limited availability of foodgrains during 2006-07, in a meeting with the officials of his Ministry.

Conveying the decision, the Ministry has told the State Governments and UT Administrations that no further quantity of foodgrains would be released as part of second instalment in the current year. They have also been directed to ensure payment of wages in cash if foodgrains are not available.

The Ministry has once again impressed upon the States and UTs for ensuring timely payment of wages and providing adequate and timely supply of foodgrains for smooth implementation of this programme.

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