THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Due to the Centre’s continued insistence, Kerala government is forced to implement the Food Security Bill from November 1, Minister P Thilothaman has said. “The government was making preparations to implement the law from April 1 but since the Centre has asked us to implement it immediately, we are going to do it…,” he said.
The minister said though the State was eligible for getting 16 lakh Metric tonne rice, it would get only 14.25 lakh tonne under the new scheme. “The Centre stopped the supply of rice for the APL category after the State delayed the implementation of the scheme. Efforts are on to resolve this,” he said in reply to a submission by Ramesh Chennithala in the Assembly.
The Ruling and Opposition criticised the Centre’s decision to stop the ration rice supply for APL card holders. “The Centre should give some more time to the State to implement the scheme,” Chennithala said.