Chief minister Oommen Chandy said on Tuesday that the government was actively considering a proposal to provide pulses at concessional rates to policemen and other government employees. If the Centre provided sufficient subsidy, the State government would take the initiative on this, he said.

Mr. Chandy was reacting to a suggestion in this regard by the Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs K.V. Thomas at a function organised here to flag off the new Maveli mobile stores being launched by the Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation (Supplyco).

Mr. Chandy said the State and the Union governments would work hand-in-hand on this and pointed out that the State government spent Rs.700 crore annually on subsidising provision supplies. The government was also spending Rs. 295 crore on procuring paddy in the State.

Though the State government incurred debts on this account, it had put the interest of the common man and farmers before all other considerations, he said.

Mr. Thomas said that when the new food security regime came into force, the State would not lose any of its quota of food supplies. The proper supply of food items through PDS outlets would be ensured in the future with the help of local bodies, which would come under social auditing, he said.

Minister for Civil Supplies Anoop Jacob said the launch of the new mobile Maveli stores was part of the extension of the activities of Supplyco. Supplyco was not reaching out to more backward areas now, he said.

The Chief Minister flagged off 10 new Maveli stores and 10 goods vehicles.