Amravati, October 14: With a move to set up ‘Anna Village Malls’, Andhra Pradesh government tied up with both Reliance and Future groups that aims to convert fair price shops under the Public Distribution System into 'Village Malls'. These ‘Village Malls’ would enable anyone to sell their products.
At present, there are 29,000 fair price shops across the state of which 6,500 would be converted in the first phase and christened 'Anna' Village Malls after former Chief Minister N T Rama Rao.
The Chief Minister, at a high-level review meeting, directed the Civil Supplies Department to make the Anna Village Malls attractive and also design a special logo. The state government would bear 25% of the establishment cost while another 25% would be provided as a loan to the dealers under the Centre's Mudra Yojana.
Products manufactured by women self-help groups and Girijan Cooperative Corporation would also be sold at the proposed malls along with the agriculture produce procured directly from farmers. "The Anna Village Malls will enable anyone to sell their products," the Chief Minister added.