Free ration sold illegally at high price to non-subsidy card holders
Kannur: The state food and civil supplies department has been illegally selling the free ration entitled to people under Annapoorna, priority and subsidy list to non-subsidy card holders at a high price. It is reported that the department has been selling the food grains of poor people to rich people charging high price.
The department should supply 35 kg food grains each to 5,95,000 families who are extremely poor. Among them only 5,88,559 families are receiving 35 kg of food grains. Thus, 2.45 lakh kilo food grains of 7000 families are being illegally sold to the non-subsidy card holders. Hence, 15.5 lakh people are not receiving the food grains guaranteed to them by the government.
The central government provides rice at Rs 3 per kg and wheat at Rs 2 per kg to people under Annapoorna scheme. But the state department removed 7000 families from this list last February. Though new families applied to get listed in Annapoorna category, the department has not named them in the list yet.
Most of the beneficiaries in Annapoorna scheme are from scheduled caste. Along with them, 50,000 people in priority list were also removed. Instead of naming new people in the list, the department has been illegally selling their ration to non-subsidy card holders.
It is reported that food grains are being sold at Rs 10.90 per kilo to the people in non-subsidy list.
As per food security act, central government provide food grains at a low price to 1,54,80,040 people in Annapoorna and priority categories.
At the same time, ration of 15 lakh people named in subsidy list are being sold at higher rate to non-subsidy card holders.
When Food Security Act came into force, many people named in BPL list were excluded. The government decided to include these people and backward classes in subsidy list. In 2016, the government decided to give food grains at subsidised rate to 1.21 crore people.
At the same time, when the act was implemented, ration shops supplied 2 kilo rice to people in non-subsidy list. But at present, they are receiving 6 kilo rice.
Presently, only 1,06,90,704 people are entitled to get rice at subsidised rate. The department has removed 15.84 lakh ineligible people from the priority list. When they were removed from the list, many people named in subsidy list were promoted to priority list. But the civil supplies department did not include more people in the subsidy list.
Every year the centre supplies 10.25 lakh metric ton food grains to the state. During the reign of UPA government, 14.25 lakh metric ton food grains were supplied. If consumption of food grains falls in state, the centre will cut the supply and the state will not be able to demand more.
Categories of families purchasing ration
|Category||No. of families||price||kilo|
|Annapoorna||5,88,559||free ration||35 kg per card|
|Priority||31,05,426||Rs 2||5 kg per head|
|Subsidy||25,84,813||Rs 4||2 kg per head|
|Non-subsidy||23,18,332||Rs 10.90||6 kg per card|