THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state government has requested the Centre for continued additional allocation of 30,000 metric tonnes of food grain to the state. With the term of the additional allocation ending this month, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Anoop Jacob met Union Food and Civil Supplies Minister Ram Vilas Paswan in New Delhi on Friday seeking extension. Oommen Chandy has also written to Narendra Modi in this regard.
The state government informed the Centre that the additional allocation was necessary for maintaining the ration quota to the existing card holders in the state. Paswan has agreed to consider the state’s request pending the approval of the Union Cabinet, Anoop Jacob said after the meeting.
The government had in the past written, on multiple occasions seeking extension of the term for the additional food grain allocation, the minister said.