Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: There is good demand for 10 commodities being sold at a subsidised price of Rs.50 per packet through the public distribution system, said Food Minister E.V.Velu in the Assembly on Tuesday.

Replying to a question by Congress Legislature Party leader D.Sudarssanam, the Minister said to start with one lakh packets were sold through the fair price shops in the State, which increased to 2.26 lakh packets. He hoped that it would cross 3 lakh packets by the month-end.

He claimed these commodities were being sold between Rs.80 to Rs.114 in the open market.

Denying AIADMK whip K.A.Sengottaiyan’s complaint that the commodities were not available in fair price shops, the Minister said cardholders could get their ration on any day throughout the month. Three litres of kerosene per card was being supplied to the 42 lakh new cardholders. If there was any complaint in getting the kerosene, cardholder could bring it to the notice of control room functioning in all districts, he added.