Rs 1 lakh crore annual food subsidy now.
The high incidence of pilferage could, however, prove the government managers wrong, as the new regime will be marked for the legal entitlement to heavily subsidised food grains for an estimated 67% of Indiaís population.
Pilferage is also high in Rajasthan (67%), Gujarat (48%), Madhya Pradesh (46%), Jharkhand (45%), Maharashtra (39%) and Orissa (26%), the CACP report said.
Under the TPDS, subsidised foodgrains are supplied to more than 40 crore Indians divided into BPL, Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and Above Poverty Line (APL) categories. Each family under BPL and AAY gets 35 kg subsidised foodgrains every month.