New Delhi: Delhi government will sell wheat flour at subsidized rates at 132 outlets across the city from Saturday to provide relief to citizens from the spiralling price of the commodity.
Announcing the initiative, chief minister Sheila Dikshit said initially 10 kg packets of wheat flour will be made available for Rs139 as against the market rate of Rs180 to Rs200.
The subsidized wheat flour will be sold at 84 outlets of Kendriya Bhandar, eight outlets of National Consumer Cooperative Federation (NCCF) and 40 selected outlets at the circle offices of the food and supplies department of the city government.
The chief minister said considering the rising prices of wheat flour in the market, Delhi government had approched the Union agriculture ministry and it has provided 80,481 metric tonnes of wheat to Delhi government at Rs1,080 per quintal under the open market sale scheme.
“We are concerned about rising prices of wheat flour and that is why this initiative is being launched to mitigate effects of inflationary trends in food items,” the chief minister told a press conference.
“I think infusion of this huge quantity of wheat into the market will bring down the price of the commodity considerably,” she added.