At the instance of the government, special counters have been opened at Rythu Bazars and rice mills in the State to sell fine variety rice of Sona Masoori for Rs.30 per kg to bring down the prices in open market.

Through this market intervention, the government hopes that the stocks clandestinely hoarded to create an artificial scarcity will now be released into the market. Both Civil Supplies Minister D. Sridhar Babu and Chief secretary Minnie Mathew separately reviewed the situation regarding the essential commodities, particularly rice, here on Tuesday.

Mr Sridhar Babu said joint collectors had been directed to open at least 20 special counters, including those at Rythu Bazars, each in Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada, and 10 each in other municipal corporations, five in municipalities and a minimum of one centre at each mandal headquarters town. These special counters should not display “no stock” boards and should instead, continue the sales uninterruptedly.