The Delhi government on Monday formally announced its decision to distribute edible oils – soya oil and palmoline – through its fair price shops at subsidised rates. Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit said the government would ensure the supply of 20 lakh litres of edible oil through its public distribution system (PDS).
Official sources said that these edible oils would be available for Rs 45 per litre at ration shops. Hindustan Times had reported on Friday the Delhi government’s decision to join the Centre’s move to provide edible oil at affordable prices to below poverty line families. Fifteen other states had already decided to distribute edible oils through PDS given the rate of inflation and the sky rocketing prices of commodities.
In a clear attempt to fend of accusations about her government’s inability to contain prices, Dikshit said “the annual rate of inflation during 2007 at the national level was recorded 6.5 per cent whereas it was 4.9 pre cent in Delhi. The rate of inflation in 2007 was much lower in Delhi as compared to other Metro cities. It was 9.1 per cent in Kolkata, 5.1 per cent in Chennai and 6.3 per cent in Mumbai. This trend still continues.”
Delhi government officials said that the decision was taken to contain rising prices of edible oils. Dikshit said that rate of inflation, as far as daily consumable items were concerned, comes to 6.14 per cent (average) against overall 11.05 per cent rate of inflation due to increase in prices of cement, steel and petrol.
“Rate of inflation in respect of pulses is 1.5 per cent. The rate of inflation in respect of food grains is 6.1 per cent, rice 8.7 per cent, wheat 7.3 per cent, fruit and vegetables 6.4 per cent, sugar 5.2 per cent and milk 8.1 per cent,” said an official release.