Govt increases PDS supplies for two months to ease prices

Govt increases PDS supplies for two months to ease prices
PTI
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First Published: Thu, Jan 21 2010. 04 18 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Jan 21 2010. 04 18 PM IST
New Delhi: The government on Thursday decided to step up ration supplies of wheat and rice by 10 kg per eligible family during January and February to ease prices of these commodities.
The allocation would be over and above 35 kg of rice and wheat supplied to each eligible family now.
The decision was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Prices, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here.
An ad-hoc allocation of 10 kg per family per month over and above the existing allocation of foodgrains (wheat and rice) will be made for two months—January and February, 2010 to cover all accepted cardholders, an official statement said.
The CCP also reviewed the prices of essential commodities, including pulses, sugar, potato and onion.
The additional allocation (10kg) of wheat and rice would be made at minimum support price of Rs10.80 per kg for wheat and Rs15.37 for rice. The prevailing prices differ for various categories with Antodya Anna Yojna cardholders getting wheat at Rs2 per kg and rice at Rs3 a kg.
Those eligible for the allocation include holders of Antodya Anna Yojna cards and below poverty line families.
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First Published: Thu, Jan 21 2010. 04 18 PM IST