With the rise in prices of sugar and the Centre limiting sugar subsidy at Rs 18.50 per kg, the distribution through the Public Distribution System (PDS) shops is on hold for the last two months in the state.
Earlier, the Central government used to bear the full subsidy of sugar. The Centre’s decision would cost the state government Rs 11 per kg of sugar and Rs 16 crore for four months -from July to Oct -including the special Diwali quota.
The Centre’s decision came as a bolt from the blue and the state government could not come to a decision on how to bridge the gap in prices of sugar and the Central subsidy . Hence, the distribution of sugar has been pending for the last two months.
The BPL and Antyodaya card holders are given subsidized sugar through the PDS system. According to the food and civil supplies department, there are about 7,342 metric tons of sugar is distributed through the PDS every month.
The food and civil supplies department has now sought the support of state government to restart sugar distribution as passing the entire rise in price to the consumers is not considered to be a viable option.
rajasthan patrika epaper 19/09/2016 : http://epaper.patrika.com