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Will take steps to distribute rice at about Rs. 8: CM

Remembrance:Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Congress leaders paying tribute to Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary in Mysore on Tuesday.
Remembrance:Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Congress leaders paying tribute to Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary in Mysore on Tuesday.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has assured middle-class families of some relief from rising prices of rice by promising rice at subsidised cost.

Speaking to presspersons here on Tuesday, Mr. Siddaramaiah said the government had announced the distribution of 30 kg of rice at Re. 1 a kg to families below the poverty line (BPL) from June. His government was ready to distribute rice at about Rs. 8 or Rs. 9 a kg to above the poverty line (APL) card-holders through the public distribution system, he said.

His government would take steps to regulate the price of rice in the open market, he added.

Earlier, participating in a programme at the party office here to remember the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary, which is observed as Anti-terrorism Day, Mr. Siddaramaiah said: “His method of administration will serve as a model to us.”

Not many people could participate in the function as the Congress office in the century-old Devaraja Market is small and has become weak over the years.

After the function, Mr Siddaramaiah said: “The office premises cannot accommodate more than 50 persons. Therefore, not all leaders and workers were allowed inside.”

Suggesting that it be housed on bigger premises, he said he would discuss it with local MLAs and party leaders soon.

Minister of State for Women and Child Development Umashree, A.H. Vishwanath, MP, and MLAs Tanveer Sait and M.K. Somashekar were among those present.

Traffic disrupted

Traffic in the area was disrupted owing to the crowds near the office. Several vehicles, including those of the Chief Minister’s convoy, were parked on the road.

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