State Food and Supplies minister Jyotipriya Mallick said that soon television, washing machines, refrigerators, and similar electronic products will be available at ration shops across the state. The minister was attending a program at Khadya Bhavan to mark the occasion of the availability of as many as 403 products of a leading retailer at 1171 ration shops in North 24-Parganas district. The step is an effort on the part of the state government to convert ration shops across the state into mini-malls so that people get access to products of leading brands at a much lower price.
“We are beginning the project from North 24-Parganas and gradually more and more ration shops in the state will be selling such wide variety of products. Currently, 403 products have been made available and in the next few months, 600 products will be sold,” a senior official of the department said. There are more than 20,000 ration shops across the state.
The Food department had signed an MoU with Future Group at Bengal Global Business Summit this year, with the objective of ensuring availability of branded products that are sold by the group, in its popular supermarket chain across the state, at the ration shops. “Our primary objective is to ensure that people get branded products in their very neighborhood at a price which will be at least a few rupees lower than that in the market. It will also be a stride in making the ration shops attractive to common people,” the official added. — Millennium Post