Come ugadi, salt, sugar, wheat etc will be distributed through PDS: official

The State government has decided to supply rice from January 2013 onwards to the white ration card holders under the brand name of ‘Mana Beeyam’ (our rice).

The State government recently launched the ambitious decentralised procurement of paddy and rice scheme in Karimnagar, Warangal and Nalgonda districts. This scheme would be extended to Chittoor, Prakasam, Nellore and Guntur districts in the first phase and to all the districts by the next kharif season.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Andhra Pradesh State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited Managing Director Vara Prasad said the supply of rice procured under the decentralised procurement scheme would be started from January 2013 in Karimnagar, Warangal and Nalgonda districts where the process had already begun. He said tentatively the brand name of the rice has been decided as ‘Mana Beeyam’ and the final nod would be given by Minister for Civil Supplies D. Sridhar Babu very soon.

Supply of quality rice

He said the government has decided to launch the decentralised procurement scheme of paddy and rice to benefit the farmers as well as the consumers by providing quality and local rice for their palate. Similarly, the government has also been planning to provide fine quality rice for the benefit of middle and upper middle classes by procuring sona masuri or BPT variety rice, he added.

Stating that the Civil Supplies Corporation was according top priority for maintaining quality of products, he said they have also decided to supply dal, oil and flour in packets from January 2013.

In the next phase, salt, sugar, wheat, chilli powder, tamarind and turmeric powder would also be distributed from the coming Ugadi festival in the State through Public Distribution System (PDS), he maintained.

Procurement rate

On the decentralised procurement of paddy and rice scheme in the three districts, he said they had so far procured 62,000 metric tonnes of rice in Karimnagar, Warangal and Nalgonda districts. He said they were also taking measures to increase storage capacity of food grains by increasing the number of godowns.

He hoped that the procurement of fine quality (BPT variety) rice would pick up from the next kharif season. Joint Collector H. Arun Kumar and others were also present.


  • Decentralised procurement of rice to be extended to Chittoor, Prakasam, Nellore, Guntur districts

  • Plans afoot to provide fine quality rice to middle and upper middle classes