Indian government launches new scheme to help farmers and consumers

By: Merikheti
Published on: 10-Nov-2023

The Government of India has taken effective steps to ensure prices of essential food items in view of rising prices of commodities within the Indian market. Under this, the government has focused its attention on making the price of flour cheaper. Union Consumer and Industry Minister Shri Piyush Goyal on Monday launched a new Bharat Atta scheme named ‘Bharat Atta’ at a concessional rate of Rs 27.50 per kg in New Delhi. The main objective of this scheme is to provide wheat flour at reasonable rates to the poor and weaker sections of the country. Minister Shri Piyush Goyal has started off 100 mobile vans for the sale of wheat flour under the Bharat brand. This flour will be provided at MRP of Rs 27.50 per kg. Retail sale of ‘Bharat’ brand flour will increase supply in the market at reasonable prices. Also, it will help in bringing down the prices of this important food item continuously.

Where to buy Bharat brand wheat flour from? 

It will be provided in 10 kg and 30 kg packets. Also, it will be available at all physical and mobile outlets of Kendriya Bhandar, NAFED and NCCF. Also, it will be extended to the remaining cooperative/retail shops.

Also read: Central governments big decision on buying wheat, wheat flour could get cheaper.

What does an open market scheme mean? 

Under the Open Market Sale Scheme [OMSS (D)], 2.5 lakh metric tonnes of wheat will be sold at the rate of Rs 21.50 per kg to semi-government and cooperative organizations i.e. Kendriya Bhandar, NCCF and NAFED for converting it into flour and selling it to the public. On this occasion, Shri Goyal said that due to the intervention of the Central Government, the prices of essential commodities have become stable. He further said that in the past, various steps were taken to reduce the prices of onion and tomato. Apart from this, to provide convenience to the consumers, Bharat Dal is also being provided by the Center at the price of Rs 60 per kg through Kendriya Bhandar, NAFED and NCCF.

PM Modi wants to help farmers - Piyush Goyal

In this context, he further said that farmers have also benefited greatly from all these efforts. Shri Goyal said that the produce of farmers is being purchased by the Centre. This has helped stabalize the prices of goods. He said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's vision is to help the consumers as well as the farmers.