PALAKKAD: Minister for Food and Civil Supplies C. Divakaran has said that the State government will oppose the Central government move to end the existing statutory rationing system in Kerala and to replace it with the ‘American model’ coupon system.
Inaugurating the State conference of the Kerala State Retail Ration Dealers Association here on Sunday, the Minister said the move to stop the statutory rationing system, launched in 1966 in the State, would lead to the closing down of 14,600 ration shops. “It will also deprive the poor of food security since Kerala is a consumer State where the price of food grains is very high.”
The Minister said that the coupon system that was being planned by the Union government, under the plea that there was leakage in the present system, was aimed at ending statutory rationing. The Centre had reduced Kerala’s rice quota from 1.13 lakh tonnes to 39,000 tonnes.