ANDHRA PRADESH

More counters for super fine rice likely

Taking stock: Minister for Civil Supplies Kasu Venkata Krishna Reddy and Commissioner Sanjay Jaju, inspecting Malakpet rice market on Saturday. —

Taking stock: Minister for Civil Supplies Kasu Venkata Krishna Reddy and Commissioner Sanjay Jaju, inspecting Malakpet rice market on Saturday. —   | Photo Credit: PHOTO: P.V. SIVAKUMAR

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Civil Supplies Corporation to buy directly from millers and sell at Rs. 20 a kg.

HYDERABAD: State government will consider opening more special counters in super bazaars and other cooperative institutions for selling super fine rice at Rs. 20 a kg to meet the demand for this category in urban areas.

Disclosing this to media persons here on Saturday, Minister for Civil Supplies Kasu Venkata Krishna Reddy said that Civil Supplies Corporation had ordered purchase of 84,750 tonnes of superfine rice directly from rice millers to make it available for Rs.20 per kg. through special counters to ensure their steady supply to all cardholders, he said.

Of 1,781 special counters in the State, 153 are in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts.

This measure is aimed at triggering market competition to bring down the price of super fine (Sona Masuri ) variety in the open market, he said. “The government also proposes to supply tamarind, soaps to white cardholders and ten condiments through fair price shops. Condiments would be supplied under a pilot programme in five districts shortly,” he added.

Later, accompanied by Civil Supplies officials and the media, Mr. Venkata Krishna Reddy inspected various areas in the city to get a feedback on the availability of superfine rice variety at special counters and quality of commodities in fair price shops.

Even as enquiries by the Minister with those manning special counters at Motimarket and at wholesale rice shops at Malakpet and Saroornagar revealed that rice was being sold at Rs.20 and 21 a kg, consumers gave a different version.

Consumers complain

Purushottama Rao, a retired bank officer, said rice was not being sold at less than Rs.28 anywhere and he wanted to know the location of these counters. Yet another senior citizen told the Minister that he had purchased rice at Rs.32 a kg but declined to accompany the Minister to the shop where he had purchased rice.

At Saroornagar rythu bazar, vegetable growers lamented that they were not getting remunerative price for their produce while consumers said prices of vegetables had come down compared to last two months.

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