GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
DEPARTMENT OF FOOD AND PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION

RAJYASABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.2815
TO BE ANSWERED ON 19TH DECEMBER, 2011
Mobile Van for FPSs in Karnataka

2815.  SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:

Will the Minister of CONSUMER AFFAIRS, FOOD and PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION be pleased to state:-

(a)    whether it is a fact that a  request of the Karnataka Government to waive off the interest and penal interest on loans availed by the Karnataka Food and Civil Supplies Corporation for the purchase of mobile vans for mobile fair price shops to strengthen PDS in remote and tribal areas of the State is pending with Government;

(b)   If so, the details thereof and the reasons therefor; and

(c)    What action Government has taken thereon?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR CONSUMER AFFAIRS, FOOD & PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION
(PROF. K.V.THOMAS)

(a) to (c):   State Government of Karnataka have requested for waiver of interest and penal interest amounting to Rs.78,16,512/- as on 13.09.2004 on the amounts released to the State Government under Centrally Sponsored Scheme for purchase of vehicles for running mobile fair price shops in the State.

The request from the State Government of Karnataka was examined in this Department. State Government has been requested vide letter dated 18.08.2011 to furnish certain information on the amounts for which waiver has been sought.