Guntur: As part of providing nutritious food to the poor, the state government will distribute finger millets (ragulu) instead of rice through fair price shops soon. Currently, the civil supplies department is distributing finer millets through fair price shops in four Rayalaseema districts. The white card holders will have option to take either rice or finger millets.
Finger millets through FP shops soon
Similarly, in Guntur district also the civil supplies department asked the tahsildars to place indents to supply finger millets. An official on the condition of anonymity, informed that they did not get indents so far. The recycling of PDS rice can be curbed if finger millets supplied through fair price shops in coastal districts.
Some white cardholders are selling PDS rice at Rs 10-12 a kg and purchasing fine quality rice in open market. The traders are recycling the same rice and selling at a higher price. Civil supplies commissioner B Rajasekhar warned the revenue officials on black marketing of PDS rice in Guntur district at a meeting held in Guntur recently.