Agartala: Tripura has become the only state in the Northeast to introduce the portable rationing system in 1,818 ration shops, said Tripura food and civil supplies secretary Dr Debasish Basu on Friday.
Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are the only two other states in the country with the rationing system.
During a get-together with media persons in the state guest house, Basu said that according to the instructions of the Central government, the state government had introduced portable rationing benefits across Tripura from this month. Now, the ration card holders can purchase and collect the commodities from any PDS centre across Tripura and other states wherever this facility is available, he added.
“Out of 1,810 shops, 1,783 shops are connected through the online process while the rest of the 27 shops are detached from Internet connectivity due to certain problems. Of these 27 shops, there is one each in Khowai, Sepahijala and West Tripura districts, 10 in Dhalai district, four each in Gomati, North Tripura and South Tripura districts, and two in Unakoti district,” he said.
“At present, six essential commodities including kerosene oil is provided at cheaper rates through fair price shops in Tripura. There are a total number of 37,05,806 people getting the benefits of PDS across Tripura and among them, 3,36,698 families are from the APL category while 25 lakh of the state’s population purchase rice at Rs 2 per kilo,” Basu added..
“In the upcoming ‘kharif’ season, the Food Corporation of India along with the state government would purchase 30,000 MT at Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Rs 1,815 per quintal of rice. This process would continue in the next years,” he added.
Speaking with media persons, food, civil supplies, and consumer affairs minister Manoj Kanti Deb said that the Central government has sanctioned 1,850 MTs of onions but it had been troublesome for transportation.
However, all the department officials along with SDMs were instructed to pay a regular visit in different markets of the state to look after the control in essential commodities’ prices. “We are hopeful that the price of onions per kilo would reduce in the coming days,” Deb said.