Increase in number of ration buyers; 5.97 lakh cardholders newly added in 4 months
Alappuzha: The Civil Supplies Department stated that 5.97 lakh eligible families have newly started buying ration within the last four months in the state. The increase in the number of buyers is found after the priority cards of ineligible cardholders were cancelled and those who do not buy ration regularly were removed from list.
In June, 71,12,977 people used to buy ration and this rose to 77,10,428 by October. There were 85.63 lakh cardholders in the state four months ago. In October, this increased to 86.26 lakh. Though the number of cards increased by 85,000, the number of people who do not buy ration could be reduced to 9.15 lakh.
As those who come under the Food Security Act did not buy ration regularly, the Centre had planned to curb Kerala’s share of food grain. Following this, the Civil Supplies Department summoned the eligible ration buyers and distributed their share of grains in order to stop the move to curb state’s ration share.
When the priority cardholders started buying ration regularly, the share of the general category (white ration card) was reduced to 3 kg. According to the Centre’s policy, the people of general ration category are not eligible for ration supply.
Many other states also do not provide ration for people of general ration category. At present, the grains remaining after distributing the share of priority category is given to the general category in Kerala.