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Sheila reviews subsidised wheat scheme

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday reviewed implementation of a scheme under which subsidised wheat flour is being sold in over 400 outlets across the city at around Rs 14 per kg to all sections of the citizens.

Expressing satisfaction over implementation of the ‘Bhagidari Atta’ scheme, Dikshit said it has helped contain inflationary trend in respect of food articles in Delhi.

Delhi government had launched the scheme of selling subsidised wheat flour in July 2009 and it continued till October last year. The scheme was launched again on 11 September this year to provide relief to people from soaring prices of food items.

Rising prices of essential commodities in the city was identified as one of the major reasons for Congress’ crushing defeat in the municipal polls held in April. Under the scheme, 10 kg packets of superior quality wheat flour are being made available in 400 outlets, including those of Kendriya Bhandar, NAFED and some places selected by local MLAs, for Rs 144.50 as against the market rate ranging from Rs 180 to Rs 250.

The subsidised wheat flour is being made available for every family as there is no restriction on their purchase by higher income groups.

The review meeting was attended by Food and Supplies Minister Haroon Yusuf, Chief Secretary P K Tripathi besides top officials of Food and Supplies department.

Officials said 4,25,168 bags of 10 kg wheat flour have been sold till today.

A maximum of 2,01,835 were sold from the points earmarked by the MLAs while 1,01,176 bags were sold by various Kendriya Bhandars.
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