Rupee 2-a-kg subsidy rice for sale in open market

Rupee 2-a-kg subsidy rice for sale in open market
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A few white ration card holders are reportedly selling their quota Rs 2-a-kg subsidy rice at Rs 10 to 12 a kg to hotel owners and small traders in the city every month. The state government had introduced Rs 2-a-kg rice scheme for the poor in the state to eliminate starvation, but a few people are spoiling the aim of the scheme.

Vijayawada: A few white ration card holders are reportedly selling their quota Rs 2-a-kg subsidy rice at Rs 10 to 12 a kg to hotel owners and small traders in the city every month. The state government had introduced Rs 2-a-kg rice scheme for the poor in the state to eliminate starvation, but a few people are spoiling the aim of the scheme.

The state government is supplying 16,000 tonnes of subsidy rice to whiter ration card holders through fair price shops in the district every month and nearly12.30 lakh whiter ration card holders are getting subsidy rice Rs 2-a-kg from as many as 2,265 fair price shops in the districts.

 The state government should cancel the bogus ration cards in the districts for avoiding misuse of subsidy rice scheme and saving public money because a few ineligible persons are damaging Rs 2-a-kg rice scheme.

Small traders and tiffin centre owners are purchasing the subsidy rice from white ration card holders, later they would move to various parts of the districts, a few traders are earning Rs 5 to 7 on each kg of subsidy rice by selling to hotels in the city.

Krishna district supply officer G Nageswara Rao said that he would take serious action against those who were selling the subsidy rice to hoteliers and small traders in the city and mentioned he would cancel the white ration cards to those who were misusing the objective of the Rs 2-a-kg rice scheme.

The government was spending crores of rupees on the Rs 2 subsidy rice scheme on every month to save the poor from starvation.The middle class buy the subsidy rice from traders for preparing idlis and dosas at their homes, while hotels and mobile canteen owners use the rice for making dosas and other recipes.

By ANJAIAH DESABOINA

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