Govt. of Telangana has announced that it will increase the quota of rice for the poor, which is being supplied to them at the rate of Re. one per Kg. While talking to newsmen yesterday every family member will be supplied 6 kg rice per month. The maximum income limit for rural families has been increase from Rs. 60000 to Rs. 1.5 lakh and in urban areas it has been raised from Rs. 75000 to Rs. 2 lakh. There is no limit on the number of members in the family. Mr. N. Narasimha Reddy, Home Minister, who was a member of the cabinet sub-committee, expressed the hope that Mr. KCR will accept all the recommendations of the committee.
Govt. of Telangana has announced that it will increase the quota of rice for the below poverty line (BPL) households drawing rice under the public distribution system (PDS) which is being supplied to them at the rate of Re. one per Kg., the State government has announced that it will continue to supply the rice at Re. 1per kg and 6 kg per head per month.
After submitting the report of the cabinet Sub-Committee to the CM,K. Chandrasekhar Rao, Finance Minister, Mr. E. Rajender told that “The Chief Minister has accepted all our recommendations immediately.
He further told that so far, 20 Kg rice was being supplied could be increased. He also informed that Food Security Cards would be issued to all the deserving families. In contrast, the Food Security Act (FSA) passed by the Centre proposes supply of 5 kg rice per head without any ceiling on the monthly withdrawal by a household at Rs. 3 a kg.
The State Government has increased from income limit to Rs. 60,000to Rs1 lakh of a household to be eligible for getting ration card from the existing in rural areas and to Rs. 2 lakh from the present Rs. 75,000 in urban areas. Pensioners will also come under these income criteria, the Minister explained.
The Minister said even the students staying in government hostels or getting mid-day meal in schools, who are denied rice quota under PDS now, would be issued rice on the new ration cards likely to be issued in December/January.