Puducherry, Sep 17: The Puducherry administration has started the provision of cash instead of free rice.
Civil supplies minister M Kandasmay in a release on Tuesday said that a sum of Rs.300 towards the cost of free rice for the month of January this year has been remitted into the bank account of each yellow ration card holders yesterday.Rs.600 for February and March would be remitted in another one week.
For the red colour ration card holders steps would be taken to remit the cash for the month of April in another one month,the minister said adding that efforts would be taken to provide rice as early as possible.
It may be noted that the elected government wanted to provide free rice and the Lt.Governor suspecting irregularities wanted to remit the cash into the account of all beneficiaries. Following dispute ,the Lt.Governor forwarded the file to the Union Home Ministry.The elected government is now remitting cash till it gets the response of the home ministry. UNI