Rolling out yet another pro-poor measure, the Jayalalithaa government, on Wednesday, launched three varieties of low-cost salt, named after the Chief Minister herself. Jayalalithaa launched ‘Amma Salt’ at the Secretariat in Chennai, which follows up her government’s earlier initiatives like the subsidised ‘Amma’ Canteens and ‘Amma’ Mineral Water.
Jayalalithaa is addressed as ‘Amma’ (Mother) by her supporters. She launched three varieties- Double Fortified, Low Sodium and Refined Free Flow Iodized Salt under the ‘Amma’ Salt banner. ‘Amma Salt’, an initiative of the Tamil Nadu Salt Corporation, will now be available in the open market at prices lesser than those of private producers.
A state government release in Chennai said rates of salt by private producers in open market were Rs 25, Rs 21, and Rs 14 for Low Sodium, Double Fortified and Refined Free Flow Iodized Salt, respectively. The government will sell the same varieties of ‘Amma Salt’ at Rs 21, Rs 14 and Rs 10, it added.
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