India warns of legal action against misleading info


Minister for Food and Civil Supplies of India, R. Sakkarapani warned of legal action against those who disseminate misleading information on social media about the initiatives to ship essential commodities such as rice to Sri Lanka. According to a press release, the State will ship 40,000 tonnes of rice and other essential commodities to Sri Lanka. Fifty-one rice mills have been identified for packing and supplying the rice in 10 kg bags. Good quality rice varieties that have been exported to Sri Lanka have been procured by  at Rs 33.50 a kg, which includes transport cost. However, some persons were sharing misleading information on social media, claiming that the rice should have been procured at Rs20 from the Food Corporation of India.

Pointing to the challenges in sending rice meant for public distribution from the Food Corporation of India to other countries, the Minister said the social media posts comparing the rice procured by the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation with the product in the public distribution system was misleading.

(The Hindu)