Financial Daily from THE HINDU group of publications
Thursday, Jan 12, 2006


Group Sites

Industry & Economy - Social Welfare

All BPL families to get rice at Rs 3 a kg in Kerala

Our Bureau

Thiruvananthapuram , Jan. 11

THE Kerala Government is coming out with a scheme for supply of 25 kg of rice at a price of Rs 3 a kg to all families below the poverty line (BPL).

The Chief Minister, Mr Oommen Chandy, told newspersons after a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday that the scheme would cover all the 20.48-lakh BPL families in the State. The scheme would cast an additional burden of Rs 12 crore on the exchequer.

At present, the BPL families are getting rice at Rs 6.20 a kg. However, about 4.78 lakh families in the BPL list are already being supplied rice at Rs 3 a kg under Andhodya Annadhana Yojana (AAY), the cost of which is borne by the Centre. The new scheme will cover all the BPL families in the State, the Chief Minister said.

The Cabinet also decided to recommend to the Governor, Mr R.L. Bhatia, to convene the Budget session of the State Assembly from February 3. The session, which will commence with the customary Governor's address, will last till the end of February.

Mr Chandy said that the Government would present a full budget for 2006-07 and a vote-on-account for four months would be passed during the session.

He said he would highlight the achievements of the State in the economic and other spheres in his interactions with the CEOs of the developed countries at the World Economic Forum meet, which is being held from January 25 to 29 at Davos, Switzerland.

The Chief Minister pointed out that the meet was not an occasion for attracting investments. At the same time, it would give the opportunity to project the State's achievements and potentials in an overall perspective.

There would be interactions focusing on specific topics and with particular delegations, he said and added that Canada had expressed interest in meeting him.

The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, will visit the State on February 3 and 4 and he will attend programmes here and in Cochin. However, the itinerary was yet to be finalised, he said.

In response to a question, Mr Chandy asserted that there were no anomalies in the appointment of Ecosmart India Ltd as consultants for the preparation of Sabarimala master plan. The company had established the credibility for preparing well-planned and eco-friendly projects, he said.

More Stories on : Social Welfare

Article E-Mail :: Comment :: Syndication :: Printer Friendly Page

Stories in this Section
Fresh system to lift mercury in North

Left seeks restoration of 9.5% interest rate on EPF
Relocating tribals from sanctuary
Bauxite mining plan infuriates tribal belt in Vizag
Work on foundry parks in Coimbatore to begin soon
ONGC submits report on discoveries
Delay in dredging at Kochi worries Petronet LNG
DG Hydrocarbons set to finalise disclosure norms for new oil and gas finds
Electricity Tribunal allows PowerGrid to execute M.P. project at higher cost — Sets aside CERC order on `cost ceiling'
Productive year for VSP
Textile sector needs more reforms, investment — IMF study scenarios give little cause for cheer
Dish TV offers no-subscription package
Corporates must shed feudal mindset, says Ranbaxy chief
Jamnalal Bajaj meet in Mumbai
CSI student chapter meet in Thiruvananthapuram
Helmet to come with bike in AP
Parsvnath to adopt eco management system
TN govt to build land bank to meet demand from industries
Workshop on construction engg at Kochi
Scramjet: ISRO makes major breakthrough
Chidambaram promises to simplify fringe benefit tax — `Non-navratna disinvestment on track'
Bids for MUL stake: Banks, FIs take cautious approach
Concern over insurance scheme for BPL families in Kerala
All BPL families to get rice at Rs 3 a kg in Kerala
Auto show set for big launch today — Rs 440-cr business deals likely to be accomplished
Call for sustainable corporate growth
Royal Sundaram takes Rs 9-cr hit due to floods
Reliance Capital, TV 18 team up to fund Yatra

The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | The Sportstar | Frontline | The Hindu eBooks | The Hindu Images | Home |

Copyright 2006, The Hindu Business Line. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu Business Line