Goa has requested that the central government provide the state 6,660 metric tons of above poverty line (APL) rice so that it can distribute 20 kg of the rice to households instead of the present quota of 8 kg. Goa presently gets only 2,222 metric tons of APL rice from the Centre.
Goa also requested that the wheat quota to the state be raised from 498 metric tons to 3,330 metric tons. This will enable the state to distribute 10 kg of wheat to households instead of the present quota of 2 kg.
The request was made at the recent meeting of ministers and secretaries in-charge of food, public distribution, consumer affairs of western states held in Mumbai. The meeting was chaired by minister of state (independent charge) for consumer affairs, food and public distribution K V Thomas.
Goa was represented at the meeting by minister for civil supplies Jose Philip D’Souza, secretary D C Sahoo and director of civil supplies G Pilarnekar. Goa justified its request by stating that it was not a major rice and wheat producing state and procured these food grains from neighboring states of Maharashtra and Karnataka.
Goa also requested that the Centre direct the Food Corporation of India not to discontinue with the lifting of food grains when the trucks reach the godowns. The Goa delegation stressed that the Food Corporation of India does not allow the lifting of food grains when trucks are received at godowns, due to which the validity of lifting the grains is delayed. The department of civil supplies then has to request the government to extend the period of validity. This causes the problem of storing the grains within the time frame.
The Goa team also informed the meeting that the state government has introduced a programme known as the ‘Government Intervention for Control of Price Rise’ through which the government provides 10 types of vegetables to consumers at subsidized rates through outlets of Goa state horticultural corporation limited.