The Maharastra government on Friday passed a resolution and approved Rs 513 crore for the scheme.
Over Rs 478 crore will be used to purchase sugar, suji (semolina), palm oil and chana dal, and the remaining Rs 35 crore will be allocated to miscellaneous expenditures on the distribution of the Diwali package.
The Government of Maharashtra, in its last meeting, decided that the Rs 1.5 crore ration card holders, which is about Rs 7 crore, would get a Diwali packet of 1 kg of sugar, 1 kg of suji, 1 kg of chana dal and 1 A liter of palm oil at an affordable price of only Rs 100 per pack as a Diwali package with the offer valid for 30 days.
The government decided to extend the benefit of this scheme to Antyodaya Anna Yojana scheme, holders of Priority Household Cards and Farmers Above Poverty Line (ABL) ration cards in 14 districts of the state, which were mainly affected by farmers’ suicide.
This is the latest in a string of populist actions that the Eknath Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis duo have announced during their three months in power.