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.
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.