Delhi govt to revive subsidised wheat flour scheme

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SummaryThe Delhi government is planning to revive a scheme under which subsidised wheat flour will be sold at over 400 outlets across the city at a price of around Rs 14 per kg.

The Delhi government is planning to revive a scheme under which subsidised wheat flour will be sold at over 400 outlets across the city at a price of around Rs 14 per kg. According to government officials, the move is aimed at providing some relief to the poor from the rising prices of food items.

The decision came after Union Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies K V Thomas had a meeting with Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and agreed to her request to provide Delhi additional quota of subsidised wheat.

Rising prices of essential commodities had been identified as one of the major reasons for Congress’ drubbing in the municipal polls last month.

Officials said Dikshit requested the Union Minister to make available more than 8,000 metric tonnes of wheat to the city so that the “popular scheme” can be launched again.

The Delhi government had launched the subsidised wheat flour scheme in July 2009 and it continued till October last year. The scheme called “Bhagidari Atta” had to be discontinued after Centre stopped providing Delhi subsidised wheat flour.

Officials said 10 kg packets of superior quality wheat flour would be made available in 400 outlets of Kendriya

Bhandar, NAFED and NCCF (National Consumer Cooperative Federation) for Rs 139 as against the market rate of

Rs 180 to Rs 250.

“We will soon announce the date of revival of the scheme,” said Dikshit, hoping that sale of “Bhagidari Atta” will provide much needed relief to all sections of society.

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