Claiming success in its arrangement to sell potato at below prevailing market rates through selected outlets in the city, the West Bengal Government said on Sunday that the number of outlets would be increased from 15 to 16.
The government said it had sold potato at Rs 13 a kg to 10,000 customers on Sunday, on the second day of the arrangement. On Saturday the vegetable was sold to 6,000 people. The market prices are hovering over Rs 20.
"A large number of people responded to the arrangement made by the state government. The number of outlets will be raised to 16 with the addition of another one at Garden Reach from tomorrow," Finance Minister Asim Dasgupta told reporters after a review meeting with senior officials.
Dasgupta said districts would be brought under the arrangement one after another to provide the benefit amongst a greater number of people in the state.
He said 90 outlets would be opened in Burdwan district on Monday, while in Hooghly district, 80 outlets would be opened from Tuesday. The government would also sell edible oil, pulses and sugar at cheaper rates through the public distribution system, Dasgupta said.
The Minister, who visited Park Circus and Jadubabur Bazar, said he was determined to bring potato under the Essential Commodities Act.