Tripura’s BJP-led government has announced to reduce the price of lentils by Rs 2 per kilogram in fair price shops, said Food and Civil Supplies Minister Sushanta Chowdhury Thursday.
The state received 1,300 metric tonnes of lentils that would be distributed through 2,056 fair-price shops and anganwadi centers soon, he said.
“The Above Poverty Line (APL) consumers would get lentils at Rs 82 per kilogram instead of the previous rate of Rs 84 while the Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Antodaya category people would get lentils at Rs 57 per kilogram instead of Rs 59 from the fair price shops,” Chowdhury told reporters at Civil Secretariat.
Over the past three months, the state has conducted raids on 184 markets, issued showcase notices to 58 traders, collected Rs 2.26 lakh as fine and temporarily closed down 10 shops for alleged black marketing.
The government’s fair-price shops were also not spared from the raids. The officials issued showcause notices to 277 of the 1,789 fair price shops, cancelled licenses of five of them and collected Rs 1.4 lakh as fine.
“The state has sufficient stock of rice, wheat, sugar, petrol, diesel and all necessary items. Strict action will be taken if there is any attempt to create artificial crises and engage in black marketing,” said the minister.