Kerala govt begins distribution of free rations

South India

The Kerala government on Wednesday began distribution of free ration to the people of the state through the Public Distribution System (PDS) following the lockdown in the wake of COVID-19.


To prevent crowding in front of the shops, the government had devised card number system for distribution of ration. 

“Those ration cards ending with zero and one would be given ration on April 1. Those cards with numbers ending in two and three would be given the ration n April 2, four and five on April 3, six and seven on April 4 and eight and nine on April 5”, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said on Tuesday.

He had also said that only five people would be allowed at a time in a retail ration outlet as per the social distancing norms.

"Each dealer could introduce a token system to avoid crowding of cardholders. Volunteers can help in home- delivery of food grains for the elderly and sick who are not able to reach the ration shops," the Chief Minister had said.

Those who don't have a ration card can procure foodgrains after providing their aadhar card and mobile number along with an affidavit.

The grains under Antyodaya Anna Yojana and Priority Household card holders will be distributed till noon and for others in the afternoon.

According to the official Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of Covid-19 cases in India has reached 1637, including 1466 active cases, while 133 people have been cured/discharged. As many as 38 people have died due to Covid-19.

As of 31 March 2020, there have been 241 confirmed cases with 24 recoveries and 2 deaths, more than 1,63,000 people are under surveillance in Kerala.

Many precautions are taken by the  Kerala government to control the disease from spreading. Earlier, the government had announced complete shutdown of the state from 23 March till 31 March. 

Meanwhile, the Central government has taken many stringent measures to prevent the further spread of the disease. 

Starting from March 24 midnight, India is under 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of novel coronavirus. Only the essential services like grocery shops, medical outlets remain functional during the lockdown.

Coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 200 countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a pandemic. 


With inputs from Agency

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