Odisha government to open Dal distribution centres in six cities

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Wednesday decided to set up distribution centres in six cities to supply dal to the consumers at a reasonable price.

As informed by the secretary, Food Supply and Consumer Welfare, Madhusudan Padhi, the centres would be opened in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Berhampur and Balasore.

“The sale of the dal would be made under the direct supervision of the Food and Civil Supplies department. The sale of the pulses would be made in line with the Bargarh Traders’ Association which has been providing urad dal and moong dal (green gram) to each consumer at a price of Rs 140 and Rs 110 per kg respectively. As per the decision, each consumer would be entitled to one kg of dal,” Padhi informed.

He further said the collectors have been asked to make similar arrangements in their respective districts.

Informing the media, Food Supply and Consumer Welfare minister Sanjay Dasburma said efforts are on by his department and the traders’ association for early distribution of dal in Cuttack city.

“I have requested the traders in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and other cities to follow the suit of their Bargarh counterparts by selling dal to the needy consumers at an affordable price”, he added.

Secretary of Odisha Traders’ Association Sudhakar Panda said the Association has decided to open counter in the cities for sale of dal.