Despite the fact that prices of coconuts in the state market have not come down, the Goa State Horticulture Development Corporation (GSHDC) has no plans to re-introduce the scheme for selling coconuts at subsidized rates on the eve of Ganesh festival.
Claiming that there is enough supply of coconuts, and available at affordable prices in the market, GSHDC has discontinued the
scheme, which was introduced in February 2018.
The government had launched the scheme in February 2018 following the agitation over price rise of coconuts by the Goa Pradesh
Mahila Congress, which had sold coconuts across the state as a token of protest.
The chairman of GSHDC Pravin Zantye confirmed that the scheme for the sale of coconuts at subsidized rates
has been discontinued, and added that there is no plans to re-introduce it again.
The government had started the sale of coconuts at subsidized rates through GSHDC at its Panaji and Margao outlets, which initially drew good response.
Every family used to get 15 coconuts at subsidized rates for a month under the scheme.
However, within few days there were complaints from the people of either of non availability of coconuts or about poor quality.
Presently, a small size coconut is being sold for Rs 20, medium size coconut for Rs 25 and big size for Rs 30 to 35.
The people expected the corporation to continue with the scheme of providing coconuts at affordable rates.