KERALA

Steps to check price rise will continue, says Minister

Special outlet: Food and Civil Supplies Minister C. Divakaran at the Onam Metro People's bazaar at Ernakulathappan ground in city on Wednesday. —Photo: Vipin Chandran

Special outlet: Food and Civil Supplies Minister C. Divakaran at the Onam Metro People's bazaar at Ernakulathappan ground in city on Wednesday. —Photo: Vipin Chandran  

Centre clears project for distribution of essential items

Food and Civil Supplies Minister C. Divakaran said on Wednesday that steps are being taken to ensure adequate supply of essential commodities during the ongoing festival season. He was inaugurating the Onam Metro People's bazaar, a special outlet of the Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited, here on Wednesday.

The Minister said the timely intervention of State government agencies and the strengthening of public distribution system were major steps for controlling the prices in the market. The measures would continue even after the festival season. The State government had submitted a project worth over Rs.330 crore for distribution of essential commodities and the Union government had given approval to it.

He said initiatives to weed out corruption in the public distribution system needed support from all parties. The State government was open to discussions on ways to control price rise.

The LDF government allowed a discussion when the issue came up in the Assembly, he said.

The distribution of Onam kit, an assorted variety of commodities worth Rs.625 being sold at a price of Rs.450 for the festival season, was inaugurated by K. Babu, MLA.

V.D. Satheesan, MLA, C.K. Manishankar, Deputy Mayor, Kochi Corporation, P.M. Ali Asghar Pasha, General Manager, Supplyco, were among those who spoke.

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