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Dikshit meets Thomas, discusses ways to stabilise food prices.

New Delhi, May 23 ( ANI ): Delhi Chief Minister Smt. Sheila Dikshit called on Union Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies, Professor K.V. Thomas on Wednesday to discuss measures to stabilize food prices in Delhi and ways to revive the sale of the popular and much sought Bhagidari Fortified Atta in the capital.

Dikshit was accompanied by Minister Raj Kumar Chohan, Chief Secretary P. K. Tripathi and Commissioner (Food and Supplies) Dharam Pal.

Dikshit requested Thomas to make available more than 8000 metric tonnes of wheat to the Delhi Government to revive the sale of Bhagidari Fortified Atta which used to be sold under the open market sales scheme (Domestic) in 10 kilogram bags at Rs. 139 through approximately 400 outlets of Kendriya Bhandar, NCCF, NAFED and spots identified by local MLAs earlier.

Thomas agreed to make available the required quantity of wheat at reduced rates rather than the rates being charged earlier.

Dikshit further stated that her government would soon announce a date to start the sale of Bhagidari Atta.

It is expected that Bhagidari Atta will be sold at a price less than what was being charged earlier.

She expressed confidence that the revival of the sale of Bhagidari Atta would provide much needed relief to citizens across Delhi, including the poor and middle class families.

The help of the Delhi Flour Association will be ensured for converting wheat into atta in order to market Bhagidari Atta as was being done earlier.

Dikshit also discussed the availability of other food items, including rice in Delhi.

Thomas also agreed to make available required quantity of rice to the Delhi Government to enable it to start the sale of rice at reasonable rates on the lines of Bhagidari Atta scheme.

The issue of stabilizing prices of food items was also discussed in length.

Thomas offered all possible support from his ministry in this regard.

It may be recalled that the Bhagidari Atta scheme was a very popular scheme and had provided huge relief to the citizens of Delhi.

Dikshit said she would like her government to meet the demand of Bhagidari Atta. The Delhi Government is also making efforts to open more and more branches of the Kendriya Bhandar.

The State Government has identified places in the Delhi Government offices, hospitals, government colonies and community centres for this purpose.

The government plans to open over 300 new Kendriya Bhandar branches at convenient places where the citizens can easily step in to buy better quality Bhagidari Atta and other essential items at reasonable prices. ( ANI )

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