Gadkari inaugurates India's First Food Security Market
New Delhi: “Twenty20 Kizhakkambalam,” a charity outfit floated by the Kerala based Anna-Kitex Group opens India's First 'Bhakshya Suraksha Market' (Food Security Market) in Kizhakkambalam Panchayath near Kochi. Union Minister, Mr. Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the new market complex for the public.
“Twenty20 isa unique model for our country and is a great contribution to the whole nation,where many people doesnt have access to basic amenities”, said Gadkari in hisinaugural address. The minister announced projects worth Rs. 42 Crores for thedevelopment of roads in and around Kizhakkambalam
“With apermanent building in place, we have decided to add other essential householdcommodities at discounted prices in the market,” said Sabu M Jacob, Chiefcoordinator of Twenty 20 Kizhakkambalam and Managing Director of Kitex GarmentsLtd.
The pricesof vegetables, fruits and other groceries keep fluctuating, more oftenwitnessing a steep rise, making it extremely difficult even for the middleclass segments of society to budget expenses for everyday necessities. Thepeople of Kizhakkambalam however, have never had to experience any dismalsituations of a steep rise in prices. They have availed of all their food andnutrition requirements at less than half of the prevailing market prices. Since2014, the prices, then fixed at 50% of the market price, have consistentlyremained the same. The market which has been working out of temporary sheds gota new modern 10000 sq feet building which has all the facilities of a modernsuper market.
During festive seasons, when theprices of vegetables, fruits and other groceries increase phenomenally,“Twenty20” provides all these essential necessities at a higher discount makingcelebrations joyful.
FoodSecurity Market also promotes farming in the village by procuring the producedirectly from farmers at a fair price without involving any middle men. Thispractice has benefited both, the farmers and the public.
The marketalso sources vegetables and other essential items from neighboring Karnatakaand Tamil Nadu. Twenty20 has a quality control team to check the quality of theproducts before they are supplied to people. Around 65,000 people in theKizhakkambalam panchayat depend on this food security market for their dailyneeds. Nutrition rich foods are provided free by the organization to 500pregnant women and feeding mothers and to 1500 children below the age of 6. 300extremely poor families and 1500 families who gave their land for thedevelopment of roads received every thing free from the market. The market alsoprovides employment opportunities to the local people.
Twenty20Kizhakkambalam aim to transform Kizhakkambalam panchayath into a modelpanchayath in the country by the year 2020.
Sri AlphonseKannanthanam, Union Minister of States, presided over the function. SriKummanam Rajashekharan, BJP State President, HG Joseph Mor GregoriousMetropolitan, HG Abraham Mor Severios and AN Radha Krishnan, BJP StatePresident graced the occasion.