More PDS Rice at Higher Price Soon

Govt plans to increase the price of subsidised rice to `5 a kg

Published: 01st October 2014 06:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st October 2014 06:01 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: The Telangana Government is contemplating a hike in price as well as quantity of rice given on subsidy to white ration card holders through the public distribution system.

Telangana.jpgThe cabinet sub-committee headed by Finance Minister Etela Rajender, which met at the Secretariat Tuesday, discussed the issue plus the mechanism to weed out bogus cards by using the data compiled during the intensive household survey.

Later, briefing mediapersons, the Finance Minister said several aspects pertaining to white ration cards were discussed and suggestions made to make the PDS more effective and benefit only the deserving.

“Suggestions were made for increasing the price of subsidised rice from `3 to `5 per kg and the quantum of rice per individual from 4 to 5 kgs. In case of a family, it was proposed to supply up to 30 kgs instead of 20,” he said.

However, a final decision will be taken only by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, once the cabinet sub-committee, which will meet again after Dasara, submits its report.

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