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Food Processing Press Release

Government to engage NAFED to give relief to the common man from price rise: Prof Thomas

Exclusive shop-in-shop of Kerala agri-products inaugurated

December 18, 2009, New Delhi: The government will engage the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation (NAFED) in a big way in giving relief to the common man from the price rise of essential commodities. This was stated by the minister of state for agriculture, consumer affairs, food and public distribution, Prof KV Thomas while inaugurating an exclusive shop-in-shop of NAFED for sale of Kerala agri-products here today. He said NAFED has a big network and it should make available essential items to the common man at reasonable rates. He asked NAFED to explore the possibility of launching easy markets for sale of essential commodities at reasonable rates to the salaried and middle class people, where consumers should have the option of buying the items first and paying later.

 

The minister said that there is no scarcity of essential items in the market, although the rates are unreasonably high. The Centre and the states can work jointly to find a solution to the problem of price rise. The minister pointed out that the government is giving subsidy on food items in the tune of thousands of crore of rupees but it is not reaching the target due to the presence of a large number of intermediaries in the system. The price rise can be curbed only by strengthening the public distribution system in the country, Prof Thomas asserted.

 

Speaking on the occasion, managing director of NAFED, Dr CV Ananda Bose said that the NAFED is making plans to provide commodities to the common man at cheaper rates under its new brand, Farm Gate. The chairman of NAFED, Dr Bijender Singh also spoke on the occasion.

 

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