Govt mulls Bangalore free of kerosene

Last Updated: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 18:10

Bangalore: The state government plans to make the city kerosene-free by facilitating below poverty line (BPL) ration cardholders avail the subsidy through direct benefit transfer scheme.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Thursday, minister for food and civil supplies, Dinesh Gundurao, said the subsidy amount would be made available for BPL ration cardholders who have already possessed Aadhaar cards shortly.

“We are planning to introduce it in Mysore, Tumkur and Dharwad on pilot basis.

A final decision would be taken during the cabinet meeting,’’ the minister said.

In addition, the food and civil supplies department has decided to purchase sugar at Rs30.75 per kg from the government as well as sugar factories managed by cooperative societies for distributing it to ration cardholders.

“The department will commence the process of inviting bidders to supply ragi and jowar for distribution at fair price shops. Farmers, cooperative societies and even traders can take part in the bidding to supply jowar and ragi,’’ the minister said.

He added that the chief minister will inaugurate district administrative building at Chikballapur on Friday.

“The new building has been constructed at an estimated cost of Rs21.62 crore.

The building, constructed on 10 acres of land, can accommodate 47 government offices,’’ he said.

Also, the chief minister would lay foundation stones for a stadium and a KSRTC bus stand at Chikballapur, he said.

DNA

First Published: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 18:10

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