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Alappuzha: The Union Government plans to reduce Kerala's monthly food grain allocation and the number of non-priority category (white) cardholders who fail to collect ration regularly will be removed likely.
The government has already taken measures to identify those white cardholders who do not buy ration regularly.
There are 28.75 lakh white cardholders in the state. The civil supplies officials have received information that ration allocation will reduce after such cards are identified and removed. The union government has previously expressed disapproval over distributing food grains to those outside the purview of the National Food Security Act.
Prior to the introduction of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in 2013, the annual allocation of food grains to Kerala was 16.04 lakh tonnes. However, this has recently come down to 14.25 lakh tonnes.
Out of this, 10.25 lakh tonnes of food grains are provided to 41.43 lakh families belonging to yellow and pink ration cardholders under the National Food Security Act. Meanwhile, 400,000 tonnes of ration has been allocated to blue and white card holders in the general category.
In the case of white card holders, the ration allocated is distributed on the basis of stock availability each month. Currently, the white card holder receives rice between 2 kg and 10 kg per card. The state demands to increase the quota so that it can give at least 10 kg per month to white card holders.