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Government launched 'Bharat Atta' to provide wheat flour at a subsidised rate

Published on November 09, 2023
Current Context: The Indian government launched a scheme called ‘Bharat Atta’ to provide wheat flour at a subsidized rate.
Government launched 'Bharat Atta' to provide wheat flour at a subsidised rate
  • Under this scheme, wheat flour is sold at a cut price of Rs.27.50 per kilo, compared to the market price of Rs.32-34 per kg.
  • The scheme was launched by the Union government to keep a lid on food prices during the festive season when demand for commodities rises.
  • The plan involves releasing a quarter of a million tonne of state-owned wheat to Kendriya Bhandar, a network of cooperative general stores, and the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation and National Cooperative Consumers’ Federation.
  • These agencies will sell the flour, branded Bharat Atta, at a cut price.
  • The subsidized flour will be available in stores run by Kendriya Bhandar, NAFED, NCCF and government cooperative outlets as well as food vans run by NAFED and NCCF.
  • The food minister flagged off 100 such vans.
  • These state agencies are getting wheat milled by firms tendered for the process.
  • This initiative is part of the government’s efforts to control inflation and ensure that high inflation doesn’t impact the common man.

Question:

Q.1 What is the purpose of the ‘Bharat Atta’ scheme?
a. To provide wheat flour at a subsidized rate
b. To provide rice at a subsidized rate
c. To provide sugar at a subsidized rate
d. To provide pulses at a subsidized rate
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