After pulses, the Delhi government will now sell wheat flour (atta) at subsidised rates from November 21, Saturday, at 132 select outlets.
Ten-kg packets will be available for Rs 139 and 5-kg packs for Rs 70 at these outlets.
These packs will be stocked by 84 outlets of Kendriya Bhandar, eight outlets of National Consumer Cooperative Federation (NCCF) and 40 selected circle offices of the food and civil supplies department.
The Delhi government earlier wanted to rope in Mother Dairy outlets for the sale of atta bags at subsidised rates.
But the latter reportedly asked for a commission of 70 paisa per 10-kg pack.
“This will make the government's effort less effective because Mother Dairy outlets are located almost in every corner. Kendriya Bhandars are only located in areas that have the residential quarters of Central government employees," said an official, requesting anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to the media.
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit mediapersons on Wednesday the wheat flour at subsidised rates would help bring down rising prices. She said the corresponding price for 10 kgs of wheat flour was between Rs 180 and Rs 200 in the open market.
“If a good quantity of atta is available in the market at a lower price, it will definitely bring down prices," said Dikshit, adding that the government was cracking down on people hoarding food items.
Asked why the government was not able to prevent the rising prices of food items in the market, Dikshit said that was not under its control. “We are worried. That’s why we are trying to provide flour and pulses at a subsidised rate,” she added.
Despite the government's move to check the rising prices of atta in the open market, food and civil supplies officials said it would require some time to process the wheat into flour and package it. “We will first send the 10-kg packs out. Five-kg packs would have to be added later if needed," said the official.
The Union Agriculture Ministry had given the Delhi government 80,481 metric tonnes of wheat at Rs 1,080 per quintal for sale in the open market to tide over the crisis.
The government will continue to stock pulses (dal) at 288 Mother Dairy outlets, but the prices have been revised.
The sale of pulses used in summer like arhar and moong will be discontinued and winter pulses like rajma and chana will be stocked.
"Kala chana will be available at Rs 36 per kg, Kabuli Chana at Rs 50, Chana Dal at Rs 35 and Rajma Chitra at Rs 44 per kg," said Dikshit.