Food Management and Trade Company Limited Bajura has started selling rice at subsidised price in view of the festive season.

According to the company Bajura chief Megharaj Ojha, rice is being sold at a concession of 5 rupees per kilogram from both our Bajura branch and Kolti depot. "While our Bajura branch is selling rice at just 40 rupees per kg with 5 rupees concession, Kolti depot is selling it at 43 rupees per kg," Ojha said.

Further, Ojha said the sale of rice with concession is meant for the festivals and will be in place until Kartik 24 (November 10). Anyone wishing to buy subsidised rice can buy a maximum of 30kg upon producing a copy of their citizenship certificate.

As of now, FMTCL Bajura branch and Kolti depot has a stock of 305 quintals and 400 quintals of rice respectively for sale.

Earlier, food depots in Bajura had closed by issuing notices after they ran out of stock.

"After we ran out of our rice stock, we corresponded with the centre.

Now as FMTCL Bajura office and food depots have got additional rice, they have started selling it at subsidised price in view of the festive season," said Chief District Officer Gopal Adhikari, adding that the subsidy had brought relief to locals.

For this fiscal, 6,000 quintals of rice has been allocated for Martadi, while 7,000 quintals and 3,000 quintals of rice have been approved for Kolti and Kawadi depots respectively.

Local Kalche Nepali said he was happy now that he could buy rice at a subsidised price.

A version of this article appears in the print on October 6, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.