In an attempt to control the price of student supplies before the start of the upcoming academic year, Consumerfed and Primary Cooperative Societies, under the aegis of the Department of State Co-operation, have launched student markets throughout the State. According to the authorities, student markets will provide school-related items, such as bags, tiffin boxes, umbrellas, books, etc., at a reasonable rate. Consumerfed is the Kerala State Co-operative Consumer’s Federation Ltd. which was established by the state government as the supreme body of consumer cooperatives as a result of the consumer movement in Kerala.
Cooperation Minister VN Vasavan conducted the state-level inauguration of Kottayam Market. Inaugurating the market, the Minister said that more initiatives will be taken by the government as part of the reduction in learning expenditure. “A series of initiatives are being considered by the government to alleviate the hardship of the people due to the high cost of learning materials and to reduce the cost of education. Student markets have been set up in 300 societies cooperatives and 100 consumer food stores across the state School bags from various companies, umbrellas, tiffin boxes, water bottles, raincoats and other study materials such as notebooks, pens and pencils can be purchased from these stores at reasonable rates,” he said.
The student market will operate in 33 cooperative societies and 10 Triveni supermarkets in Kottayam district. Vasavan also inaugurated the distribution of free learning kits worth Rs 1400 to 75 students under the auspices of the Kumaranalloor Co-operative Bank. Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan MLA chaired the function. Panchayat District Chairman Nirmala Jimmy made the store’s first sale.