UNSTARRED QUESTION / நட்சத்திரமிடப்படாத கேள்வி 3534. DR. T. SUMATHY (a) THAMIZHACHI THANGAPANDIAN Will the Minister of GONSUMER AFFAIRS, FOOD AND PUBLTC DISTRIBUTION be pleased to state: (c) whether it is a fact that the subsidy rates were fixed a long back and was not increased for a long time till date; (d) if so, the details thereof and the reasons therefor; and ANSWER MINISTER OF STATE FOR MINISTRY OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, FOOD & PUBL!C DISTRIBUTION (SHRI DANVE RAOSAHEB DADARAO) (a) to (e): Union Government is distributing rice, wheat and kerosene at subsidized rates to beneficaaries under the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) across al! States/Union Teritories including Tamil adu. However, Government of lndaa is not implementing any scheme, at present, for distribution of pulses and edible oils at subsidized rates through TPDS. (a) whether the Union Government is providing rice, wheat, pulses, edible oil and kerosene at subsidized price to Tamil Nadu to extend the coverage of the Public Distribution System (PDS) to all priority households; (b) if so, the details thereof and the details of supply provided monthly and subsidy provided per kgs/unit of each commodity; (e) the measures taken by the Government to increase the supply of these essential food items to Tamil Nadu and also the subsidy given on them?