'Akki Santhe' to go statewide from Sept 2

'Akki Santhe' to go statewide from Sept 2

The first rice shandy will be held in Chitradurga

Did You Like It?: Food and Civil Supplies Minister H Halappa interacting with buyers during his visit to Janata Bazaar in Bangalore on Sunday. MLA Vijaya Kumar is also seen. DH photo The first rice shandy, outside Bangalore, will be held in Chitradurga on that day. Later it will be extended to other districts. The department of Food and Civil Supplies and the Karnataka State Co-operative Consumers' Federation Ltd will set up stalls in Chitradurga. Three varieties of rice priced at Rs 20, Rs 25 and Rs 28 per kg will be sold in these centres.

Federation Managing Director K Narayanaswamy, on Sunday, said the government has planned to hold rice shandy in all the districts to counter rise in the price of rice. Price of rice goes up because of middlemen. They play prominent role at three levels. They act as mediators between producers (farmers) and rice mill owners. In the second stage, they are mediators between rice mill owners and buyers in the open market. And, also between sellers in open market and the consumers. Price of rice goes up in all these three stages.

“Whereas, we purchase rice directly from rice mill owners and thus avoid role of middlemen to a great extent. Profit margin in Janata Bazaars is very less”, he said. Food and Civil Supplies minister visited Janata Bazaar in Jayanagar, where rice shandy has been set up.

He inspected the sales and expressed happiness over people’s response to it. The Federation in association with the Food and Civil Supplies Department is holding rice shandy in seven janata bazaars in Bangalore. So far 1,400 quintals of rice have been sold in these bazaars, resulting in a business of over Rs 35 lakh.

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