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Govt raises PDS supplies for 2 months to ease prices

Last Updated: Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 14:32

New Delhi: The government today 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

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 Rs 10.80 per kg for wheat
and Rs 15.37 for rice. The prevailing prices differ for
various categories with Antodya Anna Yojna cardholders getting
wheat at Rs two per kg and rice at Rs 3 a kg.

Those eligible for the allocation include holders of
Antodya Anna Yojna cards and Below Poverty Line families.


First Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 14:32
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