The Co-operative movement has established very strong roots in the territory since the late sixties and has succeeded in knocking out the middleman. Public distribution of every article is solely maintained through the co.operative societies in different islands. These cater to the needs of the entire population. More than half of the total population are members of Co.Operative Societies while all households have been covered by membership.
The Lakshadweep Co.Operative Marketing Federation is the approved wholesaler and primary Co.Operative Supply and Marketing Societies are the approved retailers for the distribution of all essential commodities under the Public Distribution System. The annual allotment of rice from the central pool is 6,300 MT. The monthly quota of levy sugar is 71 Mt. Rice and levy sugar are sold on ration cards. LPG installed during 1989-90 in Kavaratti and during 1991-92 in Minicoy. By the end of March 1995, 656 connections in Kavaratti and 703 connections in Minicoy were provided.