New Delhi: Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Thursday said he has allotted food grains to an additional 7.4 lakh people in Bihar for free of cost distribution under the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY). Also Read - There Will be no Shortage of Food Grains in Near Future, Assures Paswan Amid Lockdown

Under this PMGKAY scheme, the Centre is providing 5 kg of food grains per person free of cost for three months. This is over and above 5 kg per person per month food grains distributed under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) to over 80 crore people in the country for Rs 2-3 per kg. Also Read - No Hoarding, No Hike, All Essential Items Being Sold Within MRP, Says Paswan

Only 8.57 crore beneficiaries have been brought so far under the NFSA in Bihar, as against 8.71 crore people who are eligible, Paswan said in a tweet. The minister said he had already communicated this gap of 14 lakh to the state government on April 17. Also Read - Father-Son Bonding: When Chirag Paswan Saves Dad Ram Vilas Paswan's Beard Amid COVID-19 Lockdown | Watch Video

The Bihar government, Paswan said, has sent a beneficiary list of an additional 7.4 lakh people and requested to allot free food grains under the PMGKAY scheme. The minister said he immediately sanctioned allotment of food grains for these 7.4 lakh people.

Paswan also requested Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to include the 14 lakh people who still do not feature in the beneficiary list of the NFSA, so that they can get the subsidised food grains.