Centre asks Kerala for Rs 206 cr as price for rice supplied during flood


The price of the extra food grains supplied for Kerala as part of the flood during 2018 has to be paid. The Centre had allotted 89,540 tonnes of rice to Kerala as part of the flood relief materials.

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New Delhi: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs gave a bill to Kerala demanding Rs 206 crore as price for the additional supply of rice granted during the flood havoc.

The price of the extra food grains supplied for Kerala as part of the flood during 2018 has to be paid. The Centre had allotted 89,540 tonnes of rice to Kerala as part of the flood relief materials. Union Minister for Food and Public Distribution Ramvilas Paswan replied to the question of MP Elamaram Kareem that Kerala has to pay Rs 205.81 crore as price of this additional supply of food grains.

The extra ration was supplied through the Food Corporation of India (FCI) during the flood. The FCI handed over the bill for this supply to the Ministry of Home Affairs which they forwarded to Kerala, as informed by Paswan.

To this Elamaram Kareem responded that the Centre's stubborn attitude that the amount spent for the extra rice will not be written off and the state must pay it off, is a challenge to the victims of the flood havoc.

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