Kerala to implement National Food Security Act from April

Kerala government would start providing food articles to ration card holders across the state under the National Food Security Act from April one.

Process to make the Public Distribution System more transparent had already started and new ration cards would be distributed in March, Minister for Food and Civil Supplies P. Thilothaman told reporters on Thursday.

He said state would ask the Centre to restore the rice quota of the state to 16.50 lakh metric tonne per annum for distribution under PDS.

This would be taken up with the Union Food Minister Ramvilas Paswan during the meeting to be held at New Delhi on January 16, he said.

There was a cut in the quantity of rice for the state after National Food Security Act came into force, he said. The state would get only 14.50 lakh metric tonne in place of 16.50 lakh metric tonne which it was receiving, he pointed out.

(Agency)

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