The state government has decided to purchase 56,000 tonnes of sugar from various sugar factories in the state and make it available through the public distribution system (PDS). This sugar is meant for families living above the poverty line and holding appropriate ration cards. The move will ensure that there will be no shortfall during the festive season when sugar prices skyrocket. Below poverty line families are already getting sugar at the rate of Rs 13.50 per kg on ration cards. APL families will have to pay Rs 20 per kg for sugar, which will be made available for the months of September and October. Incidentally, the purchase will not be made from the levy quota but from the free quota at the rate of Rs 30 per kg. APL families will get 2 kg sugar per month.
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