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Licensing system to be reintroduced

BHUBANESWAR: The State government on Monday announced that it would re-introduce the licensing system to keep the prices of rice, wheat, pulses and edible oil under control.

The arrangement will be made as per the provisions of laws pertaining to essential commodities.

High-level meet

The decision to re-introduce the licensing system was taken at a high-level meeting convened by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to review the measures the government had initiated to control price rise.

The Chief Minister stressed the need for continuous monitoring of the situation by the concerned authorities and the District administrations and take stringent action against hoarding of essential commodities.

The meeting also decided that the State government would seek the Central government’s help in increasing the wheat quota for the State and issue food cards to consumers for making available essential commodities such as pulses and edible oil at concessional rates.

The Chief Minister urged the Centre to take necessary measures to take necessary measures with regard to his demand for making available edible oil at concessional rate.

The Chief Minister also reminded the Centre about his earlier demand to provide 65,000 tonnes rice to the State.

Mr. Patnaik had written to Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar in this regard on April 10.

The meeting decided that the State government would place the demand before the Centre afresh.

The meeting further decided to launch a special drive from May 1 to streamline the public distribution system in the State.

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