Prices of essential food reduced

The Government’s Cost of Living Committee has decided to reduce the prices of several essential food items ahead of the festive season.

Accordingly, the committee has decided to reduce the tax on imported dried chili by Rs 20 (from Rs 25 to Rs 05) per kg.

Agriculture Minister P. Harrison said the tax on imported fish is to be reduced by Rs 25 per kg (from Rs 100 to Rs 25).

Meanwhile the committee has also granted permission to import chicken and eggs which will be subject to price controls.

According to the Minister, 48,000MT of paddy currently in state-owned storage complexes will be processed and sold through ‘Sathosa’ at controlled prices of Rs 80 per kg for Nadu and Rs 85 per kg for Samba.