Friday, July 23, 2010

More rice, sugar for festival season

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala will be allotted extra rice and sugar during Onam and Ramzan, Union Minister of State for Food and Agriculture K.V. Thomas said here on Friday.

He was speaking after inaugurating a five-day National Livestock Show and Food Festival at the Kanakakkunnu Palace.

The details of the allotment will only be announced, as is appropriate, in Parliament. Anyhow, the State will see changes in its food grain allocation in six months when the new Food Security Bill becomes law. Then, the number of families in the BPL category will go past the eight-crore mark. Once the Bill is passed, the State will get rice and wheat at Rs.3 a kg, Mr. Thomas said.

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