To ensure that no one sleeps hungry during lockdown due to Corona crisis in Madhya Pradesh, the government has done the important work of providing free ration to the poor. Till date, 5 lakh 692 metric tonnes of food grain have been distributed to 5 crore 75 lakh 92 thousand beneficiaries of different categories. Also, one month’s ration (including 4 kg wheat and one kg rice per person) was provided free of cost to 32 lakh people without eligibility slips on the instructions of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Besides, instructions have been given to open fair price shops being operated for public distribution system for 12 hours. Permission has been given to open atta chakki, flour mill in all the districts of the state within a certain period of time.
On the instructions of Chief Minister Chouhan, 22 thousand 812 gram panchayats of the state provided food to 8 lakh 70 thousand workers. Every day 37 to 38 thousand needy families are being fed by gram panchayats in the state. During this crisis, Anganwadi workers are providing door-to-door “ready-to-eat” supplementary nutritious food to more than 60 lakh beneficiaries. Deendayal Rasoi is distributing two-time meals to millions of needy people in different districts of the state.
The state government has instructed traders of essential commodities to maintain normal availability of marked items. Masks and hand sanitizers were also included in essential items till 30 June, 2020. Also, the system of regular review and monitoring of their availability and prices has been ensured. Complaint of hoarding of these items can be made on the toll free number 181 of CM Helpline.
Transportation of food products (cereals, fruits and vegetables) has been relaxed while ensuring adherence to social distancing in the nationwide lockdown. Instructions have been issued not to stop vehicles engaged in transporting essential commodities in the state. If the police stop such vehicles, the driver can get help by calling the number 100 of the state level control room. This facility is provided 24×7. The Chief Minister has instructed the large mandis decentralized to buy fruits and vegetables from the farmers to ensure uninterrupted supply of essential commodities to the common man. Arrangements have been made to supply essential commodities through small vehicles from door-to-door by dividing cities like Indore, Bhopal, Ujjain etc. into zones.
Toll free number 1800233297 was set up to provide free cooked food to the homeless, destitute and people who stayed elsewhere. Based on phone calls on this food relief helpline and no. 181, over 81 lakh 76 thousand needy people were provided cooked food and ration. Pulse are being supplied at fair prices besides free gas cylinders are being provided to people with Ujjwala Yojana connection for three months from April 1.
A state-level control room has been set up at the Smart City Office, Bhopal to fulfil basic needs and quick redressal of problems of the people of the state. This control room works 24×7. In addition to the toll free number 181/104, citizens also sent messages for requirements and problems on WhatsApp number 8989011180 which were ensured prompt redressal. It is monitored daily by a Principal Secretary level officer.