Ration dealers to receive Rs 27 lakh refund as 2.42 lakh packets of atta flour expires  

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Alappuzha: Approximately 2.42 lakh packets of atta flour (wheat flour) stocked in various ration shops across the state have reached their expiry date and are now unfit for consumption. The authorities have taken necessary steps to transfer the expired flour to the Kerala Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (MILMA) for the purpose of fodder production. A decision has also been taken to allocate Rs 27.2 lakh as a refund to ration dealers for the expired flour.

In the Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) priority category, the expired flour will be refunded at the rate of Rs. 6 per packet. Whereas, in the general category, the refund will be provided at the rate of Rs.15 per packet. More than 1 lakh packets of the damaged flour belong to the AAY priority category.

The highest quantity of atta flour expired in the ration shops in Kollam. It accounts for 66,318 packets worth Rs 7.48 lakh.

According to reports, atta flour is brought for distribution at ration shops almost a month after its production. Hence, if the packets are not distributed within that timeframe, the flour runs the risk of expiring.

A refund is provided as the flour is purchased by the ration dealers on advance payment. The money will be distributed within June 10 after deducting the amount the dealers have to pay to the government.

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