THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Cabinet on Wednesday decided to issue 35 kg of rice per card free of cost to 25 lakh Antyodaya Anna Yojana consumers as part of enforcing the National Food Security Act (NFSA).
In another major decision, Cabinet decided to issue 2 kg of rice at Rs 2 to 1.21 crore consumers in the non-priority category who used to get subsidy earlier.
As per the decisions taken, 25,58,631 consumers in 5,95,800 ration cards who are currently included in the temporary priority list will continue to get rice free of cost.
In the case of the remaining 1,29,21,410 consumers (from 28,37,236 cards) in the temporary priority list, each consumer will get 5 kg of food grain (rice and wheat in 80: 20 ratio) free of cost.
However, all these decisions would be subject to the final list to be brought out as part of enforcing NFSA.
Consumers included in the draft non-priority list (APL SS category who used to get state subsidy) will continue to get rice at a subsidised rate.
They will get 2 kg of rice per person at Rs 2 from the state’s tide over share. The remaining non-priority consumers will get one kg wheat and available rice at existing APL rate.
All these decisions are pending subject to the final list of NFSA.