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Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Textiles and Commerce and Industry launched the sale of Rice under ‘Bharat’ brand.
- The launch of retail sale of ‘Bharat’ Rice will increase supplies in the market at affordable rates and will help in continued moderation of prices of this important food item.
- The step is to ensure that price of essential commodities is being kept in check.
- Bharat’ Rice will be available at all physical and mobile outlets of Kendriya Bhandar, National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) and National Cooperative Consumers’ Federation of India (NCCF).
- It will be sold in family friendly 5 Kg and 10 Kg Bags at maximum retail price (MRP) of Rs. 29/kg.
Bharat Atta is already being sold by these 3 agencies @ Rs. 27.50 per Kg in 5Kg and 10 Kg packsfrom their physical retail outlets, mobile vans as well as through some other retail networks and e commerce platforms.
Bharat Dal (chana dal) is also being sold by these 3 agencies @ Rs.60 per kg for 1kg pack and Rs.55 per kg for 30 kg pack along with onions @ Rs.25 per kg.