Kerala government would start providing food articles to ration card holders across the state under the National Food Security Act from April one.
Kerala said it would ask the Centre to restore rice quota of the state up to 16.50 lakh metric tonne per annum for distribution under PDS.
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala government would start providing food articles to ration card holders across the state under the National Food Security Act from April one.
The process to make the Public Distribution System more transparent had already started and the new ration cards would be distributed in March, Minister for Food and Civil Supplies P. Thilothaman told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday.
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He said the state would ask the Centre to restore a rice quota of the state to 16.50 lakh metric tonne per annum for distribution under PDS.
This would be taken up with the Union Food Minister Ramvilas Paswan during the meeting to be held at New Delhi on January 16, he said.
There was a cut in the quantity of rice for the state after the National Food Security Act came into force, he said.
The state would get Rs 14.50 lakh metric tonne in place of 16.50 lakh metric tonne which it was receiving, he pointed out.
Referring to the UDF Opposition criticism that PDS in the state has collapsed, Thilothaman said problems in the distribution of food articles through the ration shops has ended.
Distribution of ration articles for the last month was expected to be completed by the January 14 and supply of articles for the current month has also started, Thilothaman told reporters.
The state faced problems in the PDS after there was the reduction in the quantity of food articles following the implementation of National Food Security Act, he pointed out.
Though the state was now able to supply rice and wheat, to the persons in Antyodaya Anna Yojana list and priority list category and also to the non-priority list group, he said.
Stating that severe action would be taken against corruption, he said that officials recovered nearly 100 tone of spoiled rice kept for distribution under PDS from a private mill in Kottayam.
A total of 1.87 lakh metric tonne paddy was procured from 53078 farmers at the price of Rs 22.50 per kg in the first season so far.
Out of the total of Rs 420.76 crore due to farmers under this account, an amount of Rs. 184.78 crore was disbursed so far, he pointed out.