No more raw rice for card holders from January.
Food and Civilian Supply Minister GR Anil said ration card holders will get a larger allocation of raw rice from this month.
Speaking to the media here on Saturday, Anil said the Food Corporation of India (FCI) had accepted the government’s proposal to increase the amount of raw rice distributed by changing the proportion of items containing parboiled rice from 30 : 70 to 50:50.
With raw rice being a main component of breakfast and other dishes in several households in Kerala, this decision should benefit large sections, he said. He said the existing proportion could be kept according to the priorities of different regions.
Ration card holders will also receive an additional allowance of 10 kg of rice this month. Holders of non-priority and non-subsidized ration cards (white NPNS) can claim 7 kg out of the additional quota at the rate of 10.90 per kg and the remaining quantity at 15 per kg.
Residents of orphanages who have brown ration cards will be entitled to an additional quota of 5 kg of which the first 2 kg of rice can be purchased for 10.90 kg and the rest for 15 kg.
For holders of subsidized non-priority ration cards (NPS – blue), an additional 3 kg of rice can be purchased at ration distribution points at a price of 15 per kg. Rice that costs more than 30 yen per kg on the open market is distributed at subsidized tariffs in the state, Anil said.
An additional allowance of 500ml of kerosene will be provided to all ration card holders due to Christmas. The total quantities (including the additional quota) for the different sections are as follows: card holder without electrical connection 8.5 liters, card holder Annapurna Yojana (AY) and priority cleaning (PHH) 11.5 liters, card holder 1 liter NPNS and NPS cards.
The government has also entered into an agreement with the FCI to replace the Sona Masoori rice variety which is supplied by the public distribution system with the more preferred ones from Jaya, Surekha and Bondalu. In addition, it was decided to carry out joint inspections in the FCI halls before purchasing food grains for distribution. The move comes following cases of damaged food grains supplied by the public distribution system.
On its way to becoming the first department to achieve end-to-end computerization, the Food and Civil Supplies department will oversee its 101 offices, including city ration offices, taluk and district supply offices, migrating to the electronic office system on February 15. Various activities, including distribution of rations, allocation of food grains, supply chain management and request for ration cards, were conducted online.