Eateries to serve basic food for pilgrims at fair prices

 
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KOTTAYAM: Based on a government decision, the hotels and restaurants in Pathanamthitta, Kottayam and Idukki districts will have to serve basic food for pilgrims at a fair price during the Sabarimala pilgrim season which begins next week. The Food Minister P Thilothaman held a meeting with the representatives of the eateries at the District Collector’s chamber here on Friday.
“The hotel representatives have expressed their willingness to charge fair price for the food served to the pilgrims,” said the minister after the meeting. The government will publish the fair price list in various South Indian languages, Hindi and English in few days and will display it prominently at places where pilgrims arrive in big numbers, he said. He also said that this system which was done earlier also was not there in the last two years.

“For basic food items like vegetarian meals, idli, dosa, tea, coffee etc., we will fix a fair price,” he said. He also said that a separate zone will be demarcated for the pilgrims in popular vegetarian hotels where they will be charged based on the fair price list.

The Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council Keralam (VFPCK) have been asked to open more vegetable stalls during the season to prevent the rise in the price of vegetables, he said.

The Supplyco outlets have been asked to stock sufficient products, he added. He also said that arrangements will be made to provide drinking water too at a fair price for the pilgrims. The purity of the water and its source will be periodically checked, he said.

The combined squad of Civil Supplies and Legal Metrology departments will conduct regular inspection to find out unfair trade practices. The squad will also monitor to prevent the rise in the price of essential goods.
The next meeting of the minister with the hotel owners and other officials will be held at Chengannur, which is an important town where the pilgrims arrive in big numbers in trains on their way to Sabarimala.
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