Monday, October 31, 2016

Steps will be taken to stop food grain pilferage during transport

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Minister P Thilothaman has informed the Assembly that necessary arrangements will be made to check the pilferage in the quantity of food grains, on their way to ration shops from godowns.   

“The National Informatics Centre has prepared a special software for this and the pilot project in this regard will be implemented in Kollam district from this month and throughout Kerala from this month onwards. With the implementation of Food Security act, the irregularities in ration shops and whole sale centres can be prevented. More products will be sold through ration shops to overcome the reduction in Ration shop owners’ commission. According to Food Safety Act, 16.25 metric tonne food is needed for the State but the Centre gives just 14.25 metric tonne food. Civil Supplies Corporation won’t be able to begin Maveli hotels for want of sufficient rice. The corporation will think about giving rice on subsidy if any NGO or Kudumbasree comes forward to begin Maveli hotels,” the minister said.

“For the unification of food price in the wake of Sabarimala pilgrimage season, the meeting of Idukki, Kottayam, and Pathanamthitta hoteliers will be called. This follows complaints that hoteliers are charging excessively from pilgrims. The unification of prices in all hotels in the State is not feasible. The previous government’s attempt for this had also failed,” he added.

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