Staff Correspondent

DAVANGERE: Two-day “Akki Santhe” (rice fair) will be held in Davangere city in the last week of September. Owners of over 140 rice mills in Davangere and surrounding places have agreed to participate in the fair and sell rice at reduced rates.

K. Rameshwarappa, Deputy Director of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department, told The Hindu that all the mill owners had agreed to sell rice at reduced rates.

He said that the department would consider organising such rice fairs frequently depending on the response to the first event. As many as 5,73,629 ration cards had been distributed in the district so far.

Of them, 4,30,111 cards had been distributed to below poverty line (BPL) families, he said.

Mr. Rameshwarappa said that 18,000 kilolitres of kerosene was required every month for distribution among BPL card-holders. Similarly, 75,000 quintals of rice, 10,000 quintals of wheat, and 4,000 quintals of sugar were needed every month for distribution among the BPL card-holders, he said.

He said that a drive would be launched to book cases against those who had got BPL cards by producing false certificates.