Kendriya Bhandar was set up in 1963 as a welfare project to promote Consumer Cooperative societies amongst Central government employees and with the aim of supplying essential commodities of quality at competitive and fair prices. Over a period of last 47 years, Kendriya Bhandar has set up 87 stores in Delhi and 26 stores outside Delhi. In addition, Kendriya Bhandar has carried out certain specific welfare activities as under:
(i) Kendriya Bhandar has successfully sold/distributed packed Atta 10 Kg bags @ Rs. 139/- each under the Bhagidari initiative of the Delhi Government.
(ii) Kendriya Bhandar has successfully sold yellow peas in one Kg consumer packs under advice from Ministry of Consumer Affairs.
(iii) Ensuring quality of pulses/rice and spices by laboratory testing before making the same available in Kendriya Bhandar’s packing to its customers.
(iv) Presently selling generic medicines at economical prices under Jan Aushadi project of Department of Pharmaceuticals, Government of India through three chemist shops.
Kendriya Bhandar has informed that it carries out market surveys periodically to ascertain reasonability of rates. Recently they have carried out a survey on 23.11.2011 and it has been observed by them that selling prices of Kendriya Bhandar are generally lower than/competitive to the rates prevailing in the market.
This was stated by Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and PMO Shri V. Narayanasamy in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.