10 Jul 2012

Additional Allocation of Foodgrains and Sugar for Onam

The center will make additional allocations of foodgrains and sugar to Kerala for coming Onam festival. This was conveyed to Chief Minister of Kerala, Shri Oommen Chandy by Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Prof K.V.Thomas here today during a meeting held to review PDS requirements in Kerala.

Prof Thomas said that the Center has decided to make additional allocation of 59,000 MT of rice and 29,500 MT of wheat for Onam festival to Kerala at MSP prices. It has also made adhoc additional allocation of 84978 MT of rice and 34190 MT of wheat already at BPL price for BPL families in the State. 

The Minister said that regarding the two poorest districts of Palakad and Wayanad in Kerala State, allocation of 5000 tons of rice and wheat at BPL/AAY prices can be considered, provided the State complete the offtake and distribution of last year’s allocation. He said it has also been decided to consider the request of Government of Kerala for additional allocation of sugar for Onam festival. 

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