Mangalore, July 3: In another blow to the common man already reeling under the burden of price rise, rates of rice have shot up not just in Mangalore but other parts of the state too.
Under normal circumstances, prices would increase owing to hike in petrol prices and transportation charges. But this time, rates of rice have shot up owing to lack of food grain supply to mills.
A month ago, Sona Masuri (steam) rice costed Rs. 29 per kilo. On Friday it increased to Rs. 33. The Sona Masuri (raw) rice used to cost Rs. 33 but now costs Rs. 37.
The cost of Red rice was Rs. 27 per kilo and now stands at Rs.30 per kilo. Similarly, the cost of Dosa rice has increased from Rs. 20 to Rs. 24.
People are not happy with the increased rates but the shop owners are stating on the other hand that they are receiving rice at a higher price in the first place.
Some are of the opinion that export of rice and reduced supply of rice from neighboring states like Kerala and other places within the state such as Shimoga, Sirsi, Hanagal etc, have contributed in the price rise.