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COVID-19: UP distributes foodgrains to 1.95 crore ration card holders; sets up 527 community kitchens

In a bid to prevent people from coming out, the state has built a robust delivery system for delivery of milk, vegetables and grocery following which more than 10 lakh litres of milk have been delivered up till now.

, ET Bureau|
Last Updated: Mar 28, 2020, 11.22 PM IST
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LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh has distributed foodgrains to 1.94 crore ration card holders in the state through its public distribution (PDS) network and to 35,843 beneficiaries of the Antyodaya scheme that seeks to provide food to the poorest of the poor ration card holders.

There are currently 3.33 crore ration card holders in the state and close to 71 lakh Antyodaya scheme beneficiaries, additional secretary, home department, UP, Awanish Awasthi said on Saturday. The remaining will be provided foodgrains in the coming days, he said.

UP CM Yogi Adityanath had last week announced a number of relief measures for the daily wage earners as well as the poor of the state. Families of 1.65 crore Antyodaya workers , MGNREGA card holders and construction workers etc will be given 20 kg wheat and 15 kg rice for free as one month's foodgrains through the state's 80,000 PDS shops.

The state has set up 527 community kitchens across its districts and 1.37 lakh food packets have been distributed up till now to the needy. In a bid to prevent people from coming out, the state has built a robust delivery system for delivery of milk, vegetables and grocery following which more than 10 lakh litres of milk have been delivered up till now.

The number of Covid-19 positive cases reported in the state reached 61 by Saturday night. Out of these, 14 patients have been cured and discharged.

UP has started a dedicated 210 bed Covid hospital at Lucknow's Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) for high risk patients.

There are 8 testing labs in the state and a 9th one is coming up in Jhansi, secretary for health, Amit Mohan Prasad said. Currently there are 5,000 beds for isolation and these will be scaled up to 15,000 in the coming days. "The beds are right now in government facilities but private hospitals have extended help whenever more beds will be required," said Prasad. For quarantining those who are primary contacts of positive cases or those with symptoms, the state has more than 6,000 beds, he said.

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