Centre earmarks ₹1.80 lakh crores for providing subsidised wheat, rice

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New Delhi, India Published: Mar 25, 2020, 08.22 PM(IST)

Indian labourers unload wheat grain from a trailer at a local distribution point on the outskirts of Amritsar on April 30, 2019 Photograph:( AFP )

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The Centre has earmarked ₹ 1.80 lakh crores for providing wheat at ₹ 2 per kg

In the backdrop of coronavirus outbreak and subsequent lockdown, the Centre has earmarked ₹ 1.80 lakh crores for providing wheat at ₹ 2 per kg and rice at ₹ 3 per kg, Union Minister Sadananda Gowda on Wednesday.

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Enumerating about the Union Cabinet decision, he said: "Union Cabinet has decided to provide wheat at ₹ 2 per kg which is worth ₹ 27 per kg and rice at ₹ 3 per kg which is worth ₹ 37 per kg. A total amount of ₹ 1 lakh 80 thousand crores is being spent for the cause. The amount will be given in advance to the states for the coming 3 months," Gowda tweeted.

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The decision was taken in the Cabinet meeting headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence earlier today.

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