Beating price rise,YSR way

Y S Rajasekhara Reddy has fairly simple solutions to tough problems like soaring prices that have taken the essential food items like rice, dal and vegetables out of reach of the common person.

Reviewing the prices with civil supplies officials here on Monday Dr Reddy who is a qualified medical doctor prescribed a diet that will not only fit the pocket but also enhance the nutritional status of the common person. He is a doctor who just tries out the prescription on himself before giving it to others.If the superfine rice costing in the region of Rs 25 a kg is beyond your budget, than go for the coarse variety that costs only Rs 14.50 a kg. “The taste is same, so what if the grains are thick,” he said. He should know since he has even tasted it, he said. He has instructed his family to use only this variety from now onwards.

Vegetable prices have gone through the sky? No problem, says YSR. Go for brinjal, the cheapest vegetable in the market. What about dal then, with the most commonly used tur dal costing Rs 80-100 a kg? Simple, says YSR. “Stop using it. Look at people in northern India. They eat different varieties of dal. Only in AP we consume tur dal in such huge quantities,” he said.

The CM has therefore ordered that the poor households will be given one kg each of channa dal and ‘batani’ on their ration cards. This is in addition to half kg tur dal that is being given now. A mix of different dals is good for health. As is ragi meal, a staple food of Rayalaseema region to which YSR belongs, he said. YSR eats ragi sankati (ragi mudde) every Sunday. If only the shift in taste and food habits was as easy as this. But then one wanted solutions, not necessarily those that are easy to implement.

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