The government of Jharkhand has announced a ground-breaking programme to provide the state’s impoverished residents with chana dal (split chickpeas) at a meagre Rs 1 per kg beginning on November 15. This initiative, which was unveiled on Monday by Finance Minister Rameshwar Oraon, is intended to assist about 57 lakh families who are protected by the National Food Security Act (NFSA).
This program’s main goal is to improve the public’s nutritional health by providing an inexpensive source of protein. According to Oraon, the state government will purchase chana dal at a cost of Rs 55 kg from the central pool and provide it to the public distribution system (PDS) at a heavily subsidised rate of Rs 1 kg. The extra expense of Rs 54 per kilogramme will be covered by the government.
The minister also revealed plans to offer mustard oil to NFSA recipients at a discounted price of Rs 50 per litre starting on December 1. Through the PDS, local farmers and millers will supply mustard oil for this initiative, which aims to support the rural economy. The government hopes that by doing this, job opportunities will also be created in the area.