Civil Supplies Dept likely to take over ration distribution as SupplyCo withdraws


Rajesh Raveendran

The government appointed SupplyCo as nodal agency of storage and supply after the implementation of the National Food Security Act (NSFA) avoiding private wholesale traders.

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Alappuzha: The Civil Supplies Corporation (SupplyCo) is withdrawing from responsibility of storage and supply of ration products citing financial loss and other issues. SupplyCo managing director handed over a written statement to the government in this regard.

The SupplyCo has recommended that the government should take over the storage and supply of ration. The government directed the civil supplies department to appoint a subcommittee to conduct a feasibility study on this. The district supply officers are asked to submit a report on the challenges of taking up the responsibilities and the solutions for the same.

The government appointed SupplyCo as nodal agency of storage and supply after the implementation of the National Food Security Act (NSFA) avoiding private wholesale traders. With this, SupplyCo had to find more employees and godowns. Though they could not make any profit from this, they had to face a lot of allegations on ration irregularities.

About 1000 tonnes of ration grains had gone missing from NFSA godowns in the state at different times. Though action was taken against the concerned officials, it affected the image of SupplyCo. Also they had to face trial on the ration door delivery scheme.

According to the NSFA, the government would not be able to appoint private agencies for distribution of ration. So, the civil supplies department itself is likely to take up the responsibility or form a government agency for the purpose.

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