Press Esc to close
Saturday 30 July 2016
News updated at 1:13 AM IST
Weather
Max: 27.6°C
Min : 19.4°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Centre agrees to Kerala's request on food security

Thiruvananthapuram, July 16, 2013, (IANS) :
Oommen Chandy / Wikipedia Image

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said Tuesday that the central government has agreed to modify the food security scheme for the state.

"What is the purpose of freedom if we are not able to solve hunger? If the scheme had being implemented in the state in toto, Kerala would have been a loser, but we have been able to convince the prime minister and the Congress president. They have accepted our demands," Chandy told IANS.

"If the scheme was implemented as it was, 58 percent of the state population would have been left out. The centre has agreed to give an additional eight lakh tonnes of food grain at the prevailing Rs.8.90 per kg," said Chandy.

"As per the scheme, every family would be given their monthly quota of food grain at an additional burden of Rs.270 crore. The centre has agreed to chip in with 50 percent of the cost. They also agreed to provide Rs.178 crore for building godowns to store foodgrain," added Chandy.

Since 1996, Kerala has statutory rationing of food grain through the public distribution system that operates through retail ration shops at every nook and corner of the state.

A team of officials led by State Food and Civil Supplies Minister Anoop Jacob is in Delhi to hold talks with the central government  on the scheme.

The centre has also agreed to include two categories of the population in the below poverty line category (one approved by the state and other approved by the centre) in the "priority sector" of the scheme.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
An elephant moves through a waterlogged street after heavy rains in New Delhi on Friday...

An elephant moves through a waterlogged street after heavy rains in New Delhi on Friday...

People catching fish at flooded water due to heavy rain Madiwala Lake over flow...

People catching fish at flooded water due to heavy rain Madiwala Lake over flow...

Rain water flooded on the road at Anugraha Layout 2nd stage, Bilekahalli in Bengaluru...

Rain water flooded on the road at Anugraha Layout 2nd stage, Bilekahalli in Bengaluru...

Workers remove scaffolding from a replica of planet earth after repairs at Science City...

Workers remove scaffolding from a replica of planet earth after repairs at Science City...

Women unload rice grains from a boat to dry in the sunshine in flood affected village Murkata...

Women unload rice grains from a boat to dry in the sunshine in flood affected village Murkata...

Members of Karunada Seene staging protest against Mahadai tribunal verdict at SBM circle...

Members of Karunada Seene staging protest against Mahadai tribunal verdict at SBM circle...

Karnataka Fire & Emergency Service personnel rescuing the people form the flood affected...

Karnataka Fire & Emergency Service personnel rescuing the people form the flood affected...

A boy tries to swim in the flooded water at Kodichikkanhalli area in Bengaluru on Friday...

A boy tries to swim in the flooded water at Kodichikkanhalli area in Bengaluru on Friday...

A young one-horned rhino trying to rise above water on the National Highway from the flooded...

A young one-horned rhino trying to rise above water on the National Highway from the flooded...

A Royal Bengal Tiger in a pool in Kolkata on Friday during International Tiger day...

A Royal Bengal Tiger in a pool in Kolkata on Friday during International Tiger day...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523