THIRUVANANTHAPURAM/NEW DELHI: The union government had stopped the distribution of rice given to APL card owners following the non-implementation of the National Food Security Act.
They stopped the distribution of rice given for Rs 8 .90 per kilo. From now on APL card owners will have to buy the rice for Rs 22.64 per kilo. The centre blamed the state for not implementing the act even after demanding it a number of times. The union ministry of food and agriculture ordered the state to implement it on November 1. The state government had sought time till April.
About 60 lakh families are benefiting from the APL rice. They will now have to pay a higher price for the rice.
Meantime, Food and Civil Supplies Minister P Thilothaman said at a press meet that they will seek other means to overcome the crisis. The act will be implemented from November 1 as per the directive of the centre. Though more time was sought it was not given. Will not permit to disintegrate the ration facility, he said.