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.