Aiming to spread the benefits of Supplyco to tribal areas, the government has decided to commission 10 mobile Maveli stores in tribal-populated areas of the state.
Supplyco initiated the venture with the help of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. Ten goods vehicles will also be launched as part of the ambitious project which is being funded by Supplyco. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will flag off the 20 vehicles from the Supplyco headquarters at Gandhi Nagar here on Tuesday.
The mobile Maveli stores were allotted specially for areas like Mananthavadi, Sultan Batheri, Peerumedu, Munnar, Mannarkkadu, Attapadi and Koduvalli. Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has allotted a sum of `1.5 crore towards the purchase of 10 mobile Maveli stores.
The project is part of the efforts to spread the benefits of Supplyco to the tribal areas.
Thirteen subsidised items and other necessary provisions will be made available through the stores. The monthly income and expenditure of the stores is expected to come to around `1 crore. The distribution of BPL kits in tribal areas can also be done easily through the mobile stores.
Civil Supplies Minister Anoop Jacob will preside over the launch function. Union Minister of State for Food and Public Distribution K V Thomas will inaugurate the public conference. Excise Minister K Babu will release a copy of ‘Samrudhi’, the Supplyco magazine.
PWD Minister V K Ibrahimkunju will deliver the keynote address.
Mayor Tony Chammany, Deputy Mayor B Bhadra, MLAs Hibi Eden, Benny Behanan, Dominic Presentation and Ludy Louis, district panchayat president Eldose Kunnappilli and Supplyco MD G Lakshmanan will attend.