Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah has urged Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar to issue necessary orders re-allotting undelivered quantity of 13,998 tonnes of sugar by various sugar factories to the state to the meet the requirements under the public distribution system.
In a letter to Pawar today, Rosaiah pointed out that the sugar factories have not released the entire quantity of allotted sugar (9,731.8 tonnes per month) to the state resulting in a shortage of 13,998 tonnes from March to September this year.
There are 2.03 crore white ration card holders in the state as against the 40.628 lakh below poverty line families identified by the Government of India.
We have separately requested the Centre for increasing the sugar allocation to 19,380 tonnes but the request has not been considered. When the present allotment itself is not adequate to meet the requirements of the BPL families, non-release of allotted quantity by some sugar factories is making the state government's task difficult to supply sugar to the ration card holders, the Chief Minister pointed out in the letter.
He wanted the Union Agriculture Minister to consider the issue and give necessary orders immediately.