Annual income ceiling for white cards raised

HYDERABAD: The ceiling on the annual income of a family for being eligible to receive rice at Rs. 2 a kilo from fair price shops is being increased by three hundred per cent.

After a high-level meeting here on Thursday, Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy announced that hereafter families living in rural areas and earning an annual income of Rs. 60,000 would be eligible for a white ration card against Rs. 20,000 per annum now. In case of urban areas, the ceiling was being raised from Rs. 24,000 to Rs. 75, 000 per annum.

For the present, this would be restricted only to the 13 districts where there were no byelections on May 29, Dr. Reddy said at a press conference.

The Chief Minister said it was proposed to provide red gram and palmolein oil at subsidised prices through fair price shops from July.

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