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Implement food law by April: Centre tells 25 states and UTs

In a stern warning, the Centre has told 25 states like Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh that it will stop supply of subsidised foodgrains for APL families from April 5 if they do not implement food law.

The food law, passed by Parliament in September last year, has so far been rolled out only in 11
states and Union Territories. Remaining 25 states/UTs have not yet implemented the scheme.

“We have asked 25 states/UTs to expedite implementation of food law. We have given a stern warning that if they fail to meet April deadline, the Centre will stop supply of subsidised APL foodgrains to them,” Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan told reporters here.

Non-implementing states would have to buy PDS foodgrains for distribution to APL (Above Poverty Line) families at a minimum support price from the Centre, he said after a review meeting with state Food Secretaries of these 25 states/UTs.

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