Telangana govt mulls mid day meal scheme for rural poor

Telangana govt mulls mid day meal scheme for rural poor
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Civil Supplies Minister E Rajendar on Wednesday said, in addition to the implementation of the five kg wheat scheme, is also planning to introduce mid-day meal scheme in rural areas for the eligible poor population. Responding to a question by MLA K P Vivekanand and others, the Minister admitted that the prices of essential commodities in the State have gone up.

Hyderabad: Civil Supplies Minister E Rajendar on Wednesday said, in addition to the implementation of the five kg wheat scheme, is also planning to introduce mid-day meal scheme in rural areas for the eligible poor population. Responding to a question by MLA K P Vivekanand and others, the Minister admitted that the prices of essential commodities in the State have gone up. But the government took several steps to provide relief to the people in the state.

The price monitoring committee, headed by Chief Secretary is regularly meeting and reviewing the prices of essential commodities and advising on measures to control the prices, the Minister informed in the Assembly. According to the Minister, the prices of onions had gone up by Rs 60 per Kg in 2015.

To meet the demand, the marketing department had purchased as many as 54,277 quintals of onions other States and supplied them to consumers at Rs 20 per Kg, with a total subsidy of Rs 14.56 cr. Similarly, the government also supplied red gram worth Rs 1,831 cr, at Rs 135 per Kg in Rythu Bazars when its prices went up in September 2015.

Responding to a question on the Deepam scheme, Rajender said that the government so far provided 13 lakh connections across the State. Each connection provided Rs a subsidy of 1,600. The Minister also informed that the service charges on each connection have been reduced from Rs 250 to Rs 50.

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