Thirty six lakh ration card holders in Kerala would get rice at Rs two per kg as per a decision of the state cabinet, Food and Civil Supplies Minister C Divakaran said today.
Addressing a press meet here, he alleged that the Centre was not providing rice to Kerala at Rs three per kg. The Union government had not even implemented the food security act. Instead of giving priority to ration quota, the union government had increased the price of rice, he alleged.
Divakaran said more than half the 70 lakh card holders would get rice at the price fixed by the government.
He said the government had decided to distribute rice at Rs two per kg last year. All 25 lakh BPL and APL families, SC/ST, and fishermen were now getting the subsidised rice now, he said.
He said the Centre was planning to launch a coupon system in the ration sector, based on U.S. model.