Chennai, Apr 16 : In a bid to control the price of rice in the open market, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today inaugurated the sale of Rs 20 a kg rice scheme to be sold in state-owned cooperative institutions, Amudham super market and other special super markets.
The Chief Minister kickstarted the sale at the State Civil Supplies Corporation office at Nandanam area in the city. Due to repeated failure of monsoons and the neighbouring States like Karnataka and Kerala not releasing water to Tamil Nadu for irrigation, there had been a decrease in paddy cultivation.
With the price of rice in open market escalating, the Chief Minister had told the State Assembly recently a decision had been taken to sell rice in the open market at a subsidised rate to help the poor and marginalised sections.
She said the government would make available one lakh tonnes of rice in the open market and sell them through Amudham and other cooperatives at a subsidised rate of Rs 20 per kg. In line with this announcement, Ms Jayalalithaa inaugurated the sale through Amudham and other co-operatives.