In a desperate move to bring down skyrocketing prices of essential commodities, the state government today decided to sell potato directly to the consumers from retail markets at a lower price.
The decision was taken in view of the fact that prices of essential commodities including potato are climbing beyond the reach of the common masses in the past few months.
State finance minister, Mr Asim Dasgupta, today said at Writers’ Buildings that they would start selling potato (jyoti variety) at Rs 13 per kilogram from 12 markets of the city and Salt Lake from Saturday onwards.
Later, the facility would be extended to all the other districts. Every consumer would be entitled to buy two kilograms at a time and the item would be sold in the markets through the food department`s Essential Commodities Supply Corporation and cooperation department`s Consumers’ Cooperative Society. Currently, potato of jyoti variety is being sold in city markets at Rs 15-16 per kilogram.
The markets where the facility would be made available initially are ~ Ultadanga, Shyambazar, Manicktala, Garia, VIP market in Phoolbagan, DC market of Salt Lake, Sealdah, Tollygung, Park Circus, Jadubabur Bazar in Bhowanipore, Gariahat and Lake Market.