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Details of the Services by the department to the common man

Issue of Rationed Articles
                  The family ration card is issued on the basis of house to house enumeration of the details of families.  One Unit per day is allowed to a non-adult and two Units per day is allowed  for an adult. At present one unit is defined as 1 Kg. There are mainly two types of cards available. APL(Above Poverty Line) Cards for the families of  above Poverty Line and BPL(Below Poverty Line) Cards for those families belonging to Below Poverty Line. Other cards coming under the BPL category were the AAY(Anthyodaya Anna Yojana Scheme) Cards for the poorest families among the BPL families and ANP(Annapurna Scheme) meant for the senior citizens above the age of 65 in BPL families.

Temporary Ration Cards

                     Temporary Ration Cards are issued to those who stay temporarily in any part of the state.

Permits for Rice, Wheat & Kerosene

                  Different types of Permits for rice, wheat & Kerosene were issued to those who needed and also to institutions like Hostels, Orphanages, Jails, Industrial Canteens, etc

Distribution of Rice & Wheat

                       Under the Rationing System every month the Government of India allocate Rice, Wheat, Sugar and Kerosene to the State Government. The Rice and Wheat so allocated by the Government of India are stored in the various godowns in the state by the Food Corporation of India in the state. The Food Corporation of India is having their 22 Sub depots in 13 Districts and they distribute Rice and Wheat directly to the Wholesale Distributors who will supply the stock lifted to retail depot in accordance with the authority list issued by the Taluk/City Rationing Officers. (The details of the FCI depots/AWDs/ARDs functioning in the state are furnished in the Snap Shot enclosed). The Authorised Wholesale Distributors are appointed by the District Collectors while the Retail Distributors are appointed by the District Supply officers. The Authorised Retail Distributors distribute to the cardholders the rationed articles on production of the ration cards issued by the Taluk Supply officers/City Rationing Officers at the scale and price fixed by the Government from time to time. The number of ration cards and permits issued and the Units covered in each district as on 9/2001 is shown in Snap Shot. The Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation is functioning separately under a Managing Director and Board of Directors.

Distribution of Levy Sugar

                     The Levy Sugar allotted by the Government of India is lifted by the Civil Supplies Corporation and made available for distribution to the ARDs at their Taluk levels Depots. The ARDs lift the levy sugar from the Taluk Depot of the Corporation and distribute it to the card holders.

                 Before the revised decision of the Government of India the monthly allotment of Sugar was 11814.4 MTs. Recently the Government of India had decided to limit the issue of PDS Sugar to BPL families and the allotment limited to 4110.4 MTs.

Distribution of Kerosene

                     The whole operation of distribution of kerosene is governed by the ‘Kerala Kerosene Control Order, 1968,” promulgated by the State Government under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955. As per this order, sufficient number of kerosene Wholesale Dealers (KWDs) for a Taluk are appointed by the District Collector concerned and these KWDs lift the stock of kerosene allotted to them every month by the Departmental Officers from the respective Oil Companies, I.O.C., B.P.C., and H.P.C., and make it available for distribution to the ARDs who in turn lift the stock allotted to them and distribute it to card holders. From 1993 parallel marketing system in kerosene is allowed in the State. Thus Rice, Wheat, Levy Sugar and Kerosene are the rationed articles supplied through the ration shops to the card holders in the state under the Public Distribution System.

                     The monthly allotment of Kerosene up to the month of March 2001 was 33174 K.L. per month. The allotment is not in conformity with the state requirement. Government of India reduced the existing quota to 28859 K.L. Now we are issuing 2 Lr. per month for Electrified houses and 5 Lr per month for non-electrified houses for lighting purposes. Apart from this, permits for cooking have been given to 14,17,144 households at the rate of 6 Ltrs per month. Kerosene licences for fishing purposes are also being issued to fishermen. The present consumer price of Kerosene is Rs. 9.50 per Ltr.

Distribution of Palmolein

                 Palmolein has also been arranged to be distributed through ration shops from 1980-81 onwards and continued till 1990 and now palmolein oil is not delivered through public distribution system.

Distribution of PDS Atta

                  Atta prepared and packed by the Civil Supplies Corporation is now available through the ARDs at the rate of Rs. 10.95 /Kg

Distribution of Other Items

                    Distributions of other commodities were also done through selected ARDs in all districts with the help of Civil Supplies Corporation. A detailed list showing the rate of distribution of PDS items W.E.F. 1-7-2002 to various cardholders is given below

Card type Quantity of Distribution Rice
Rs./Kg
Wheat Rs./Kg
APL 1Kg/Non Adult/week &
2 Kg/Adult/Week
8.90 6.60 Rs./Kg
BPL 35 Kg/ Card/Month 6.20        “
AAY 35Kg/ Card/Month 3.00       NA
ANP 10 Kg/ Card/month Free of cost      NA
 




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