A 45-day Onam-Ramzan sale organized by Kerala’s Department of Cooperation through Consumerfed, the apex body of consumer co-operatives in the state, is set to begin on August 1.
The Onam-Ramzan fair, a market intervention project by the state government which has successfully helped control the prices of essential commodities during the festival season in the past, will run until September 15 this year, Consumerfed president Adv. Joy Thomas and Managing Director Dr Rigi G Nair announced at a press conference here on Thursday.
The fair will be inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy on Wednesday evening (July 31) at LMS Compound here at a function presided over by Hon’ble Minister for Co-operation Shri C N Balakrishnan. Dignitaries including Hon’ble Minister for Health Shri V S Sivakumar will be present at the inauguration.
The subsidized sale of groceries and items of daily use will take place over the 45-day period at district-level fairs by co-operatives, Triveni department stores /supermarkets /megamarts, Neethi stores, Nanma stores and retail outlets run by service co-operative groups.
As per the instructions of Hon’ble Minister for Co-operation Shri C N Balakrishnan, Consumerfed will carry out the programme in four phases through 45-day long fairs at the district level and the assembly constituency level, a 10-day co-operative Ramzan sale from August 1-10, and a 15-day co-operative Onam sale from September 1-15, 2013.
A total of 13 items will be sold at discounts of up to 30% at 14 district fairs and 140 sales festivals at the constituency level and the Ramzan and Onam fairs. These include four varieties of rice (at Rs 21/kg), sugar (Rs 26/kg), green gram (Rs 55/kg), Bengal gram (Rs 45/kg), black gram (Rs 42/kg), tuhar dal (Rs 45/kg), red beans (Rs 35/kg), coriander (Rs 60/kg), two varieties of chillies (Rs 55 and 76/kg) and coconut oil (Rs 62/kg).
The Ramzan special sale will be through 3,000 outlets spread across 14 districts including Triveni supermarkets, Nanma stores and Neethi stores run by cooperative groups. Besides the subsidized commodities consumers will be able to buy a special ‘Ramzan kit’ priced at Rs 400 and consisting of Biriyani rice, Dalda(500 g), Atta (1kg), Maida (1kg), Rava (1kg), Dates (500g), Powdered rice (1 kg), Tea (250 g), Coriander powder (250 g), Chilli powder (250 g) and Turmeric powder (250 g).
Similarly, the special Onam sales will take place at 4,000 outlets across the state and will have on sale the subsided items plus a special Triveni ‘payasam kit’.
The fairs will be open on all days during, including Sundays. Consumers can buy the all of the specified subsidized items once during the 45-day period by producing their ration cards.
Consumerfed Vice President Shri N Sudarshan and Executive Director Smt Molly Stanley were present at the press conference.