It will be priced between Rs.150 and Rs.170

A new scheme for sale of nine essential commodities in a package, priced somewhere between Rs.150 and Rs.170, through fair price shops to white card-holders is likely to be launched.

The package will include one kg each of red gram dal, wholemeal atta, salt, wheat and tamarind, one litre of palm oil, half-kg of sugar and chilli powder each and 100 grams of turmeric powder.

This was discussed at a meeting of the Cabinet Sub-Committee on essential commodities, headed by Civil Supplies Minister D. Sridhar Babu here on Thursday.

The price of the bag will be finalised after discussions with Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy soon. Mr. Sridhar Babu said the subsidised rice, however, would be supplied to these cardholders through a separate pack.

Sources said plans were on anvil to supply rice also in a pack, containing four kg to serve one member of the eligible family.

Subsidised rice

Subsidised rice would not be sold in loose hereafter.

An official said red gram dal, palm oil and wholemeal atta, out of the nine items, would be supplied in bags from Sankranthi and all the nine items from Ugadi.

The meeting was attended by Revenue and Agriculture Ministers N. Raghuveera Reddy and Kanna Lakshminarayana respectively.

Meanwhile, Civil Supplies Commissioner Harpreet Singh issued orders for purchase of paddy damaged due to heavy rains in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam Nellore and Khammam districts.

Purchase of paddy

Specified standards would be relaxed up to 10 per cent without any value cut for damaged, discoloured and sprouted grains.

Farmers could sell their paddy at purchase centres opened in these districts by Civil Supplies Corporation.

  • It has red gram dal, atta, salt, wheat, tamarind, palm oil, sugar, chilli powder, turmeric powder

  • All the nine items will be supplied from Ugadi, says official