The Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade is working on a new service to send SMS messages to citizens informing them of their monthly shares of supply commodities or their shares of the new bread subsidy system, the ministry announced on Tuesday.
The new service will reply citizens’ inquiries on all the services provided by the ministry and will keep them updated with how much they have saved from their ration balance.
Following complaints from citizens that supply groceries are not selling the food commodities of ration cards, Minister of Supply Khaled Hanafy asserted Tuesday to continue offering the rations of August until the end of September.
The ministry has started applying a new ration card system, which it said prevents the smuggling of items and offers citizens better quality of products through allowing them access to 20 different products, produced by private companies and the General Authority for Supply Commodities (GASC).
The new system, which allows ration cardholder to buy items at any quantity with the state bearing EGP 15 from the total cost, entailed an increase in the prices of commodities, according to the ministry.
Hanafy also announced the application of new bread subsidy system in several neighbourhoods in Giza on Tuesday, which offers “high quality” subsidised bread at five piaster a loaf and a maximum of 150 loaves for each registered citizen per month.