Minister for Civil Supplies D. Sridhar Babu has thanked the Centre for deciding to make available five kg of rice per capita at Rs. 3 a kg to white cardholders (Below Poverty Line families), that would ensure two square meals a day for them.

However, he said that notwithstanding the decision that would cover a large number of people, some States like AP were compelled to spend more on subsidy.

At a conference of Civil Supplies Ministers in New Delhi on Tuesday, he showcased AP’s initiatives in supplying rice at a subsidised Re. 1 a kg, covering 2.2 crore families comprising a population of 7.80 crore.

He said the Centre could, apart from making available red gram at a subsidy of Rs. 20 a kg as announced earlier, also reconsider its earlier decision and continue supplies of palmolein oil.

Else, at least the State could be permitted to go for imports of oil, also releasing a subsidy of Rs. 15 per kg of oil.

Mr. Sridhar Babu sought the Centre’s attention to the creation of more godown space to facilitate proper implementation of the National Food Security Act.

He said a preliminary assessment in AP had revealed that A.P. needed another 25 lakh tonnes of godown space.