Sheila launches the sale at Mother Dairy booths
NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday launched the sale of five of the most popular pulses at reasonable rates from 288 Mother Dairy vegetable and fruits booths across the Capital.
Ms. Dikshit, who inaugurated the Delhi Government’s brand new scheme from a booth on Pandara Road, said her government had been trying to make available essential food items at reasonable rates and had been intervening whenever an abnormal rise in the prices of essential commodities was noticed.
The Chief Minister recalled that a similar arrangement to sell pulses from 80 centres situated in rationing offices had been launched earlier. With cooperation from Mother Dairy, she said, it had now become possible to sell reasonably priced pulses in every nook and corner of the city.
Ms. Dikshit said pulses at Mother Dairy booths would be sold in packs of one kg each from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays.
Stating that the government had made foolproof arrangements for uninterrupted supply of pulses to all the booths, she said pulses would be sold at rates lower than the prevalent market rates.
It was announced that Chana (whole) and Chana Dal would be sold at Rs.34 per kg, Rajma (Chitra) at Rs.40 per kg, Moong (washed) at Rs.58 per kg and Arhar Dal at Rs.75 per kg. She expressed confidence that this would provide considerable relief to housewives and bring down the monthly household expenditure.
The Chief Minister said the pulses would be of best quality and thanked the Delhi Grain Merchants’ Association, the Delhi Dal Mills Association, and the Dal and Besan Millers Association for making this arrangement possible.
Stating that it was due to reduced production of pulses in the country and continuation of drought-like situation in some parts of North India that the prices of pulses had gone up all over the country, she said her government had tried to mitigate the impact of the rise by resorting to sale of pulses at reasonable rates.
Earlier, Food and Supplies Minister Haroon Yusuf recalled that the Delhi Government had earlier also taken to sale of onions and tomatoes at reasonable rates. He said the Government was now also trying to provide sugar to people at an affordable price.