Food Safety Act: State Lacks Space to Store Grains

Published: 18th October 2014 06:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th October 2014 06:03 AM   |  A+A-

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Even as the Food and Civil Supplies Department has announced that the National Food Security Act (NFSA) will be implemented soon in the state, the department is finding it hard to find space for storing food grain.

Store.jpgSteps have been launched to identify godowns in all 14 districts, Food Minister Anoop Jacob had said the other day after a meeting with Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan in New Delhi earlier this week.

The Act says that all the states should have in stock food grains for three months, but Kerala lacks such spacious facilities at the moment.

District Collectors in eight districts have been asked to hand over locations identified there as soon as possible to the Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation (Supplyco).

The State Government had originally announced that the National Food Security Act would be implemented in the state on October 2, but the deadline was later moved to November 1.

According to sources, the implementation could be delayed further, even as Anoop Jacob announced here on Thursday that the new ration cards under National Food Security Act would be issued by May 1, 2015.

In fact, he had informed the Union Minister that the state was ready to implement the National Food Security Act.

Of the total 3.33 crore population in Kerala, 1.54 crore will be priority card holders and 1.79 crore will possess general cards under National Food Security Act.

Under the Act, Kerala is entitled to 14.25 lakh tonnes of food grains per annum, but the government has asked the Centre to raise it to 16 lakh tonnes.

Stay up to date on all the latest Kerala news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp