Ranchi: After facilitating the poor with lunch for Rs 5 only, the food and supplies department of Jharkhand has decided to provide iodised salt at a subsidized rate of 50 paise per kg to families living under the Below Poverty Line (BPL) from October.

Vishal Salt & Industries Private Limited of Gujarat will supply 1 kg idiosed salt to the BPL families on a monthly basis.

To provide this facility to poor, the state government will incur an expense Rs 2.23 crore each month.  

“20,000 metric ton salts will be uplifted in the first phase from October to March,” informs Mathura Prasad Mahto, Minister of Food Supplies.

There are 35 lakh BPL families in the state out of which 11 lakh have been recently included in the list. The salt will be distributed from the fair price ration stores under the Public Distribution System.

In addition, Vishal Salt and Industries Private Limited, there are two other companies one from Gujarat ‘Chirai Salt India Private Limited’ and Delhi-based ‘Kendriya Bhandar’ also participated in the bidding. The three industries filled the tender with quotation of Rs 6.87 per kg, Rs 7.11 per kg and Rs 9.28 per kg respectively.

The state government will buy salt from Vishal Salt & Industries Private Limited at Rs 6.87 per kg and will provide it at 50 paise per kg.