14.5 lakh collected free ration in Kerala on day one: Pinarayi Vijayan


Some of the rations shops had set up chairs one metre apart in a queue for the customers to sit while waiting for their turn. Shopkeeper also provided drinking water.

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that 14.5 lakh people collected their quota of free ration on the first day on Wednesday.

The process went smoothly on day one. Some of the rations shops had set up chairs one metre apart in a queue for the customers to sit while waiting for their turn. Shopkeeper also provided drinking water, the CM said.

The Kerala government is providing free ration depending on the category with some getting as high as 30 kg of rice and 5 kg of wheat to 15 kg of rice. A whopping 21,472 metric tonnes of rice was distributed on day one. The free ration distribution will continue till April 20.

Pinarayi Vijayan said that there were complaints in isolated areas that adequate amounts of rice was not provided. Ration shop owners must ensure that adequate quantities of food grains are provided to the public and that such complaints are not raised again.

Stringent action will be taken if anyone is found not providing the proper amount of rice, the CM warned. He added that free rice for endosulfan victims will be provided to their homes.

Kerala Food and Civil Supplies Minister P. Thilothaman on Wednesday went around various ration shops to see the distribution of rice, wheat, sugar and kerosene.

"After the 20th of this month, we will provide another five kg of rice which we will get from the Centre. We wish to tell the people there is no need to hurry to collect their ration, as we have more than adequate supply of stocks. We have already stored two months quota which will soon arrive at the ration shops. Everyone will be given their share. We are also trying to provide home delivery facilities," said the minister.

(With inputs from IANS)

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