Distribution of free rice to family card holders through public distribution system would begin on June 1, Virudhunagar Collector V.K. Shanmugam, said.

In a statement, the Collector said 4,54,518 families that had opted for rice would get 12 kg to 20 kg of free rice depending upon the number of members in the family. A total of 48,322 card holders under the ‘Antyodaya Annayojana' scheme would get 35 kg of free rice.

Distribution of rice would be done through 30 ration shops run by the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation and 880 shops run by the Cooperative Department and the seven shops run by women.

Rice would be distributed on all working days and people could get it any day, he said.