Hyderabad: The Minister for Marketing, Mr Mukesh Goud, on Wednesday said that the government was ready to set up Rythu Bazaars where the local bodies came forward to allot required land. He also said that it was decided to set up 14 new Rythu Bazaars in the State.
Replying to a question during Question Hour in the Legislative Assembly here, Mr Goud said that out of 106 Rythu Bazaars in the State, only 12 were closed down due to various reasons. The Marketing Department has received 14 applications for setting up Rythu Bazaars, he said, adding that 14 new Rythu Bazaars would be opened at the earliest at the selected places in the State.
Stating that there were nine Rythu Bazaars in Greater Hyderabad limits, the Minister assured to set up a Rythu Bazaar at Chandrayangutta if the required land was made available. He also assured to visit the Rythu Bazaars to have first hand information on their conditions.
Strongly rejecting the allegation of the Opposition members that the Congress government has wantonly diluted the concept of Rythu Bazaars, Mr Mukesh Goud said that the sale of vegetables at Ryuthu Bazaars increased to one lakh quintals per month in 2001 from 50,000 quintals in 2004. (NSS)