Representational image | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Alappuzha: The laxity of officials of Kerala Civil Supplies Department has apparently left more than 9 lakh families deprived of ration rice. The stocking at the ration shops was disrupted as the government did not procure rice from Food Corporation of India. Similarly, the department failed to deliver stock from National Food Security Act (NFSA) godowns to ration shops.
The number of card holders who received their ration rice in October was 74.34 lakh. It may be specifically noted that total number of card holders in the state is 92.86 lakh and average distribution is done to 83 lakh. Data shows 9 lakh card holders were deprived of ration rice, while 9.51 lakh did not take the allocation. That means a total of 18.51 lakh card holders did not receive ration rice.
Not just routine distribution but also Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) special distribution was disrupted. The routine distribution reached most ration shops after October 25, while PMKVY allocation reached on October 31. Many ration shop dealers urged the government to extend the deadline for distribution but it fall on deaf years.
The government earlier had claimed that ration distribution will be prompt but it is business as usual. Also, the laxity comes as double whammy for many as rice prices are skyrocketing.
The number of card holders who did not take ration in the recent months are as follows: