Model Fair Price Shop Inaugurated At Jalpaiguri Tea Garden

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Siliguri: The Bengal Government’s Food and Supplies Department is going to set up fair price shops (FPS) in 303 tea gardens. In fact, quite a few have already been set up. The work would be completed by March. Self-help groups (SHG), comprising entirely of women, will run the shops.

These were stated by the Minister for Food and Supplies on February 12, after a review meeting at Uttarkanya, the north Bengal secretariat. He also inaugurated a model fair price shop at Karala Valley Tea Garden in Jalpaiguri district. He said the cost of construction of each set of shop and warehouse is Rs 9.46 lakh.

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The district magistrates are identifying the land required for the project, near the main entrance of each tea plantation. Alongside the shops will be a warehouse for each. In Jalpaiguri district, the construction of shops and warehouses in 50 of the 87 tea gardens is over.

Workers and non-workers and their families would be able to get rice and other foodgrains at a rate of Rs 2 per kg per person.

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