The district administration on Thursday launched sale of vegetables at subsidised price at Swaraj Maidan Rythu Bazar to provide relief to people from the skyrocketing prices.

Under the scheme, a special counter run by the CMEY and DWCRA groups sell two packs of vegetables for Rs.99 and Rs.49, both of which do not, however, include onion, which has gone out of the reach of even higher middle class families.

The Rs.99-pack will have a kg each of tomato, potato, brinjal, ivy gourd (dondakaya), cucumber and cabbage, two cauliflowers, 500 gram of carrot and 250 gram of green chilli. The Rs.49-pack will have 500 gram each of tomato, potato, brinjal, ivy gourd, carrot and cucumber, a cauliflower and 250 gram of green chilli. The price includes, in both cases, Rs.4 charged for jute bag.

Though the scheme was launched with the intention of providing substantial advantage in price to buyers, the actual savings, as per a comparative statement provided by rythu bazar officials, is just Rs.9.50 in the case of Rs.99 pack and Rs.7.50 in the case of Rs.49 pack. According to the statement, the vegetables included in the Rs.99 pack would cost Rs.108.50 if purchased separately from farmers in rythu bazar. The Rs.49 pack vegetables would cost Rs.56.50, if purchased separately. If the price of jute bag is not included, the actual saving comes to much less.

Notwithstanding this, a large number of buyers queued up before the stall selling the vegetables under the scheme.

Joint Collector Gaurav Uppal, who formally inaugurated it, said the scheme's success in Hyderabad convinced them to try it in rythu bazar at Swaraj Maidan to begin with. It would be replicated in other rythu bazars in the district.