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Sheila promises cheaper food items

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Govt. approaching NAFED to provide stuff at 300 centres across the Capital

Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar.

In good company: School children presenting a cultural programme at the Republic Day celebrations organised by the Delhi Government at Ambedkar Stadium in the Capital on Monday.

NEW DELHI: Even as consumers battle inflation and price rise, the Delhi Government on Monday announced steps to provide essential food items at affordable rates.

The Government has decided to approach the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation (NAFED) to provide cooking oil, food grains, rice and flour at 300 centres across the Capital.

Addressing a Republic Day ceremony at Ambedkar Stadium here, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the modalities of the proposal are being worked out. Referring to the steps being taken by her government to curtail inflation, she said wheat was being supplied at less than Rs.14 per kg through Kendriya Bhandars and pulses were also being supplied at reasonable prices.

About the upcoming Commonwealth Games, the Chief Minister said the city was gearing up to meet the challenge. She made a reference to the upcoming modern stadiums, flyovers, widening of roads, street-scaping, modern signage and streetlights for the Games. Improvement in public transport and expansion of the metro railway are also under way.

She sat thought a colourful cultural programme presented by school children and received the salute from contingents of the Delhi Police, Home Guards and Civil Defence, NCC and school children. The parade was led by ACP Anish Kumar.

Ms. Dikshit also felicitated officers of the Prison Department and 10 NCC cadets for distinguished contributions in their respective fields.

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