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States should play active role in food security: MoS CR Chaudhary

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The Centre’s priority is to ensure food security in the country and state governments have a very important role in this endeavor, new Minister of State for Food said.

Government gives itself power to fix retail prices, check inflation
This rule will apply to essential commodities that are sold both in loose and packaged form in retail markets

According to a PTI report: He also said the government will strive to create balance between consumers and farmers’ interests to ensure that farmers get right price while people have access to essential items at reasonable rate.

“Providing food security to the masses is the priority of his Government, states shall have to play a very active role in this venture,” Chaudhary was quoted by PTI as saying.

Referring distress sale and wastage of onions, tomatoes and other agriculture commodities at the time of plenty, he said proper marketing mechanism is the need of the hour.

“There is price increase due to supply-demand gap. To ensure availability of essential commodities at reasonable prices, we shall have to create balance between consumers and farmers interests,” he was further quoted by PTI as saying.

68-year old Chaudhary is a former bureaucrat and represents Nagaur constituency from Rajasthan. He was Chairman of Rajasthan Public Services Commission during 2008 to 2010. He is trained in rural development works from the UK.