Poll panel moves SC against Kerala govt's rice scheme

The High Court on March 21 had held as “wholly arbitrary” the order of the EC to stop the Kerala government from extending the scheme of providing rice at Rs 2 per kg to both APL and BPL categories in the state.

A division bench of the HC had said that the EC’s decision to defer the implementation of the government scheme was “unconnected” with purposes sought to be achieved by the EC for securing a level-playing field for all political parties.

The HC had acted on a PIL filed by CPI legislator Rajaji M Thomas challenging the EC order which prevented the government from implementing the scheme. The EC has contended that extending the benefit of the scheme was against the model code of conduct in the state.Kerala government had submitted that it has already been supplying rice at Rs 2 per kg to all BPL families.

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