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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

TN Polls: A War Over Rice

After terming that the DMK’s move to offer rice at Rs. 2 / Kg as a populist measure and not feasible, Amma has joined the ring by offering rice at Rs. 1.75 per kg. Captain Vijayakanth might have anticipated all this and that’s why he has offered 15 Kgs of rice at no cost. If anybody wants to beat that, they need to offer cash to the ration cardholder for receiving the free rice.

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Monday promised to provide 10 kg of free rice every month to each ration cardholder, if elected to power.

Cardholders would be entitled to free rice, if they buy 10 kg at Rs. 3.50 a kg, she said here. At present, there were 1.88 crore cardholders in the State of which her government issued 32 lakh cards to poor people during her tenure.

At present, 20 kg of rice was being supplied to each cardholder at Rs.3.50 a kg. In future, they could buy 10 kg at Rs.3.50 a kg and get 10 kg free.


  • //If anybody wants to beat that, they need to offer cash to the ration cardholder for receiving the free rice.//

    ROTFL !

    By Blogger RaajK, at 1:47 PM  

  • no calculations on how much it would cost the govt to keep this stupid scheme going?

    By Blogger Ashwin, at 3:22 PM  

  • Now it is proved that what Karunanidhi offered is correct. And the blame statements given by Vaiko on Finanace Minister PC made his image down again after this announcements.

    By Blogger மு.கார்த்திகேயன், at 7:56 PM  

  • We know pretty well how things will work. Karunanidhi will say rice at Rs 2 per kg, Vijayakanth will say free rice and amma will say 10 kg free, but ultimately when we go to the ration shop, he will just say that there is no stock and people should come again. And people will only keep going every single day of the year wasting time in the queue and finding that they dont get even half the amount promised at the end of the whole damn excercise and the quality will also be absolutely pathetic and unpalatable. I still don't know why people actually believe all the schemes of these politicians though the schemes have a pathetic track record when it comes to implementation. Of course, the ration shop will disclose that the rice has been disbursed and claim money from the state exchequer to serve all the vested interests involved.

    By Blogger redrajesh, at 2:23 AM  

  • Er, am I being ignorant if I point out that in either case, one still gets 20 kg of rice at Rs 3.50 a kg?

    By Blogger shrik, at 9:41 AM  

  • @Ashwin,
    there was some estimate that the DMK scheme would cost Rs. 540 crores per year.

    This sounds like a desperate move by the ADMK alliance.

    More than the no stock, the bigger concern is about the quality of rice given by the ration shops. The existing Rs. 3.50 / kg rice is of very bad quality and people fear that the quality will deteriorate further if the price is brought down.

    as per dmk poll promise, it works out to Rs. 40 for 20 kilos.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 1:10 AM  

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