The All India Ration Dealers' Association has said the State government is yet to release sufficient stocks of rice and sanction necessary funds for providing rice at Rs.2 a kg.

Speaking to presspersons here on Tuesday, association general secretary Babychen Mukkadan said the government had not taken any step beyond distribution of application forms, through ration shops.

The implementation of the programme would necessitate an additional monthly expenditure of Rs.40 crore, but the government had not provided for the same so far. The supply of rice stocks to dealers should be ensured before launching the scheme, he said.