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Red gram, fine rice to be sold at subsidised price

Red gram, fine rice to be sold at subsidised price
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Minister for a Civil Supplies Paritala Sunitha said that a decision would be taken soon to open counters to sell red gram and fine rice at subsidised prices.

Hyderabad: Minister for a Civil Supplies Paritala Sunitha said that a decision would be taken soon to open counters to sell red gram and fine rice at subsidised prices.

After a review meeting with the millers from the State here on Thursday, the Minister said that the meeting has been convened, following reports of red gram and fine rice being sold at Rs 180 kg, Rs 50 per kg, respectively in open market.

The millers pointed out that unlike shopping malls, they were selling red gram at Rs 120 in the retail and other general stores in rural and quasi-urban areas across the State.

“Besides, special counters were opened at the mills, to sell red gram at reasonable price,” they added. When the Minister asked them to provide fine rice at Rs 30 per kg as it was done last year, the millers suggested that the price should be fixed in the range of Rs 35 to Rs 40, considering hike in various charges.

Taking into account the constraints and the suggestions of the millers, Sunitha said that she would be visiting shops and general stores in Krishna and Guntur districts to take stock of the sale prices of the two essential commodities.

She added that another meeting would be convened after the district collectors’ conference scheduled to be held next week at Vijayawada.

“We will be taking a decision on opening counters to sell Bengal gram and fine rice at subsidised price. The price for these essential commodities would be fixed taking into view of poor and BPL families,” the Minister informed.

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