Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has directed strict surveillance for the possibility of price rise by the sellers of vegetables, fish and other day to day essential commodities, making the flood situation in state as a major factor.
In addition to this surveillance, the Chief Minister directed to conduct regular operations in different markets of the cities, suburbs and districts. Although the directive of the Chief Minister has been issued, the market price is constantly increasing due to lack of surveillance. Vegetable prices in the Kolkata market increased double. Onion is sold at wholesale market at Rs 18, but in the open market it is sold at Rs 40-50. Due to the price hike common mass is in trouble Pre-Durgapuja. The city buyers demanded that the Special Task Force(STF) should immediately visit the market following the Chief Minister’s instructions.
Reportedly it is said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday had a meeting with the Task Force in Nabanna where discussion on price hike and how to control this price hike took place.
On this day, ministers from different sections like agriculture, agriculture marketing, fisheries, irrigation, power and gardening department were also present at the meeting. At the beginning of the meeting, the Chief Minister said that the distressed farmers of the most flood affected areas of north Bengal will be given government assistance soon. During the meeting, Chief Minister also inquired about the stock of potato in the state. The Agriculture Marketing Department pointed out that, the state has 44 lakh tonnes of potato now.
On behalf of the various departments at the meeting, it was informed that in different markets of the state including Kolkata, there is a big difference between wholesale and retail prices.If it does not stop immediately, retail market rates will increase. For example, the officials said that the onion is sold in the wholesale market at Rs 18 to Rs 20.But the same onion is sold at Rs 4o to Rs 50 at retail market.CM was not pleased with this matter and has told the officials to take strict action against this matter.
Edited By: Mousumi Dash