The Parliament informed that the Government’s subsidy bill for providing cheap rice and wheat to the poor and below poverty line (BPL) families through ration shops reached Rs. 80,491 in the current fiscal year.
The government has distributed rice and wheat through targeted public distribution system (TPDS) and the subsidy burden reached to Rs. 74,903 crore in fiscal year 2011-12 as commented by Food Minister, KV Thomas in Rajya Sabha.
There is a marginal decrease in the subsidy of rice from Rs. 49,041 crore in 2011-12 to now Rs. 36,450 crore and whereas for wheat it increased from Rs. 25,862 crore in 2011-12 to now Rs. 43,951 crore.
The Food minister has also commented that TPDS is operated under the combined responsibility of the union and state governments, where the allocation of food grain, issuance of ration cards supervision and monitoring of fair price shops lies with the state.