SME Times News Bureau | 13 Jul, 2012
To woo the voters ahead of the assembly polls, the Left
Front government in Tripura will provide rice under the public distribution
system (PDS) to the poor at Rs.2 a kg and increase its quota for others, Chief
Minister Manik Sarkar announced here Thursday.
Assembly elections in the country's lone left ruled state are scheduled for
"To give relief to the poor people from the the sufferings of the rising
prices of the essentials, the state government has decided to provide rice to
the poor under the PDS at Rs.2 per kg from next month," Sarkar told
reporters immediately after a cabinet meeting.
Sarkar said: "The state government has also decided to provide rice under
the PDS to the families living above poverty line (APL) at 20 kg a month
instead of 18 kg from August."
With this decision, 9.58 lakh households, including 2.95 lakh families living
below the poverty line (BPL) in Tripura would be benefited.
The chief minister said providing the rice at Rs.2 a kg to 2.95 lakh BPL
families would cost the state government Rs.36.45 crore annually.
The chief minister has demanded to bring all people irrespective of BPL and APL
families under the food security bill that the central government is discussing
with the states and the concerned stake holders.
"The UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government had failed to bring the
Food Security Bill though the Left parties were demanding it for the past many
years," Sarkar added.