Over 3 lakh tonnes of food grain, enough to feed 15 lakh families, is pilfered from ration shops annually

Picture from The Hindu
Picture from The Hindu



The quantum of PDS rice pilfered from Tamil Nadu is so high that it is what 15.68 lakh families are entitled to draw free of cost every month. A whopping 3.76 lakh tonnes of rice from the public distribution system goes missing annually. In financial terms, this means a loss of about Rs. 610 crore to the exchequer. Families that can draw a maximum of 20 kg of rice a month account for 1.86 crore ration cards in the State. The maximum rice entitlement per card has been used to calculate the number of ration cardholders, who can otherwise be supplied with the pilfered PDS rice. The data is found in the Economic Survey for 2014-15, tabled in Parliament last week…continue reading


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