//Kerala concerned over move to slash food subsidy

Kerala concerned over move to slash food subsidy

Thiruvananthapuram: The Congress-led UDF Government in Kerala made it clear that the state could not agree with any move on the part of the Centre to slash food subsidy. The government’s firm view was that cutting down on the subsidy for the Public Distribution System (PDS) would adversely affect the food security of Kerala, state Civil Supplies Minister Adoor Prakash told the Assembly in reply to a calling attention by Binoy Viswam (CPI).

Though there were reports that the Centre was planning to slash food subsidy, it was later clarified that the move had been shelved, he said. There was no change in the state’s position that universal rationing system should be retained. Introduction of targetted PDS in 1997 had an adverse impact in the state with the Above Poverty Line (APL) sections distancing themselves from the PDS due to duel pricing policy, he said.

Binoy Viswam sought to know whether the government was prepared to bring in a resolution in the house expressing concern over the Centre’s position on the issue. The Minister, however, said there was no need for a resolution since the government’s position on the matter was not that of the member.