Cash transfer likely to replace rice on ration cards

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Guntur: The state government is making arrangements to introduce a cash transfer program instead of rice to white ration holders across the state from May.

The government has offered to pay Rs 12 to Rs 15 per kg to holders of white cards, who are willing to take cash. If a white card holder wants to take cash instead of rice, he must give a letter of consent to the volunteer, which will be accepted by the concerned tahsildar and make arrangements to distribute cash instead of rice by the intermediary of volunteers.

The Civil Supplies Department decided to implement the program on a pilot basis in Anakapalli, Gajuwaka, Narsapuram, Nandyala and Kakinada. Later, this device will be extended to other districts. After taking money for two months, if white card holders wish, they can take rice. After a few months, the government plans to credit the money to the bank accounts of the carte blanche holders.

According to sources, at present, some of the white card holders do not consume subsidized rice. They sell the same on the open market at Rs 7 to Rs 10 per kg. Millers polish the same rice and sell it at a higher price. Some traders export the same rice through the port of Kakinada. To control the rice black market, the government is considering paying in cash instead of rice.

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