Floating Triveni store launched

The floating Triveni super store launched by Consumerfed on Saturday Photo: Vipin Chandran   | Photo Credit: Vipin Chandran

The Kerala State Co-operative Consumers' Federation Limited (Consumerfed) launched a floating Triveni super store, its fourth in the State, in the Kaithapuzha-Vembanad backwater on Saturday.

Union Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies K.V. Thomas inaugurated the store at a function held near the fishland at Panangad.

The floating store is aimed at taking essential commodities at reduced prices to the doorsteps of the islanders in the district. Excise Minister K. Babu presided over the function. Minister for Co-operation C.N. Balakrishnan was the chief guest.

In his inaugural address, Mr. Thomas said that a decision had been taken to resume Haritholsavam (Agricultural and horticultural exhibition) organised by the Union Ministry of Agriculture.

He said that the Union government would provide the State an additional 4,500 tonnes of sugar during Onam, besides increasing the allocation of rice and wheat meant for Below Poverty Line families.

The Minister promised to consider favourably the various proposals of the State government when a delegation led by the Chief Minister visits Delhi next week. He lauded Consumerfed for selling goods at prices 15- 48 per cent less than the market price.

Mr. Babu said that while the concept of a floating store was laudable, care should be taken to ensure that it reached various points at the scheduled time so that people don't have to wait for it. Essential commodities should be well stocked so that people do not have to go to the city to get half their requirements. He also called for a tourism project in the picturesque Kumbalam village.

Mr. Balakrishnan said that 10 more floating stores would be launched in the State. He said that Consumerfed and the Civil Supplies Corporation were not competing against each other but were striving to provide quality goods at reasonable prices to people.

District panchayat president Eldhose Kunnappally made the first sale. A. J. Joseph, president, Kumbalam grama panchayat; Manoj Parida, Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs; P.K. Mohanty, State principal secretary, Cooperation; S. Raveendran, registrar of co-operative societies; were among those present.

Consumerfed managing director Rigi G. Nair welcomed the gathering.

C. Santhosh, regional manager, proposed a vote of thanks.

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