K.V. Thomas, Union Minister for Food and Consumer Affairs Minister, has said Kerala will get 98,935 tonne rice and 23,589 tonne wheat during the current fiscal for controlling the price rise.

Talking to presspersons here on Monday, Prof. Thomas said a special meeting of the Union Cabinet had decided to allot 65 lakh tonne of wheat to the States and bulk consumers at the Minimum Support Price (MSP). The MSP of rice would be Rs.16 a kilogram and wheat Rs.12.50.

Rice would be procured either from Andhra Pradesh or Tamil Nadu. Officials of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) and Consumerfed would select the rice variety for the State. The FCI would release the food grains through Consumerfed in Kerala. Discussions were held with the Chief Minister and the Cooperation Minister in this regard. Consumerfed chairman Joy Thomas and Managing Director Riji G. Nair and FCI official B.K. Philip also took part in the discussions, he said.

Extra time

The State would be allowed extra time to lift the food grains that was allotted to it earlier. The quality of food grains to be distributed would be ensured and the Centre was willing to train the officials of the State in quality checking and assurance schemes, Prof. Thomas said.

Triveni stores

A request for support from Consumerfed for opening 100 Triveni stores and a few cold storages was being considered by the Union Ministry, he said.