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Residents of Lebap villages permitted not to buy unnecessary food in a package deal with groceries in short supply

Correspondents of “Chronicles of Turkmenistan” report that residents of some villages in Lebap velayat have been permitted not to buy groceries sold in a set with a monthly ration pack.

For this a written application needs to be submitted to the head of the local gengesh (formerly, the local government), which will be subsequently forwarded to the khyakimlik’s office and the consumer association of the corresponding etrap. The procedure might take two to three months before the family, which sent the application, will be able to purchase groceries sold at fixed state prices without the requirement to buy unnecessary goods.

Vegetable oil with a limit of 450 grams per person at the price of 8 manats per liter was recently sold to the rural inhabitants. A 0,5 liter bottle of a fizzy drink «Ýeke-täk» had to be bought together with the oil.

Last month residents had to buy a jar of instant coffee together with the oil.

The report of Turkmenistan’s Ombudsperson for 2021 mentioned that unnecessary groceries need to be purchased together with food in short supply. State-run and pro-governmental Turkmen media outlets do not report on the shortage of groceries.