The Food and Civil Supplies Minister Mr Anoop Jacob has said that the State would seek increased rice allocation from the Centre to maintain the price line in view of the festival season which is going to start in the upcoming days.
The festivals like Onam and boat races are celebrated in the state with great enthusiasm so its obvious that during this time period the demand for the rice.
During the party’s State Committee meeting held on Sunday, Mr. Jacob said there were attempts from certain quarters to jack up the price of rice under the pretext of the ripple effect of the recent hike in freight rates by Railways.He said that the state needs 50,000 tones extra rice to meet the demand during the ensuing festival season.
No Reshuffling in cabinet
When Mr Jacob was asked about the shuffing in the cabinet by one of the media reporter he said that there has not been any discussion regarding a Cabinet reshuffle at the UDF forums so far. There has not been any discussion regarding a change in portfolio either. “I don’t think there would be any reshuffle that would affect coalition partners”.
Out of the 14,300 ration shops in the State only less than a 100 were sanctioned during his tenure, Mr Jacob pointed out when asked about the alleged corruption in according sanction for ration shops.
Whenever allegations were raised, they were looked into and action initiated, he added.
Inauguration on Onam Festival Fair 2014
The Food and Civil Supplies Minister Mr Anoop Jacob would inaugurate the State-level Onam fairs in Thriuvananthapuram that would commence operations from July 24.