Kurnool, May 26:
The slow reduction of the number of commodities sold at fair price shops or public distribution system (PDS), started 43 years ago in the united Andhra Pradesh State, will make the ration shops disappear gradually The distribution of essential commodities to poor families through ration shops was set up in 1974 through Essential Commodities Act 1956.
Late Chief Minister N T Rama Rao aftercoming to power had strengthened the system and introduced dealer system.Several allegations were made against dealers’ corrupt practices and lack of officials’supervision. To put a stop to this irregularities, the government had introduced e-Pose and biometric system but of no use.Now the government had reduced the number of items distributed in the ration shops.
Earlier nine to 13 items were supplied but now ration shops are distributing two or three items only.The poor people have to purchase other items in open market.There is no sugar and kerosene distribution in the district. Except to the ration shops in villages of Nandyal mandal, sugar was not released to any shop in the city in May month.
The fair price shop dealers supplied rice and wheat. For these two items, card holders were forced to visit the shop several times.60 per cent of the card holders are selling the ration rice which is not fit for eating. People are not willing to purchase fat rice imported from Haryana.Since yellow dal is cheaper in open market than ration shops, its supply was stopped.