Shillong, Oct. 6: Consumers in Meghalaya will now start getting sugar under Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) after nearly a year of dilly-dallying, but at a higher price.
Till December last year, sugar was distributed by the Meghalaya government to consumers but since January this year, they did not get sugar, following a controversy in selection of a firm that will supply sugar to the state.
Though sugar will be distributed from this month onwards, the quota is meant for April this year.
Dubbed "ISS Grade Sugar-30", the TPDS sugar will be distributed through fair price shops to the beneficiaries at 3kg per card.
The state government has selected Beta Edible Processing Private Ltd to supply sugar.
The additional chief secretary in charge of food, civil supplies and consumer affairs, P.W. Ingty, said the state requires nearly 1,704 tonnes of TPDS sugar every month to be distributed among beneficiaries who possess ration cards.
At present, Meghalaya has 21,46,000 beneficiaries.
Asked if the beneficiaries would receive sugar for the months they had not received any, the official said the government was working on this.
According to an agreement, Beta Edible Processing Private Ltd would supply sugar at Rs 54,270 per tonne to Meghalaya which means Rs 54.27 per kg. The state government, which is getting a subsidy of Rs 18.50 per kg from the central government, will distribute sugar to the consumers at Rs 30 per kg.
In the past, Kendriya Bhandar, another firm, was supplying sugar to the state at Rs 43,270 per tonne and sugar was distributed among consumers at Rs 20 a kg.
At present, Beta Edible Processing Private Ltd, which is supplying sugar, should bear all costs, including transportation of sugar to godowns in the districts, handling and packaging 1kg sugar in polybags along with state PDS logo.