Meghalaya chief minister has also advised that people should not panic over the issue Credit: EastMojo image

Shillong: Meghalaya minister for food, civil supplies and consumer affairs department  took stock of traders overcharging customers for goods amid the spread of COVID -19 virus.

Minister in charge of food civil supplies James Sangma issued a notification that action will be taken against such traders and retailers which even includes arrest and other punitive action as per law.

Deputy commissioners have been directed to ensure that the stock of essential commodities is sufficient .

“I have also directed that all government wholesale dealers and fair price shops maintain buffer stock after meeting the needs of the common people and there should be no overcharging of price . Daily stock availability and price monitoring of essential commodities is being personally overseen by me and officers of the food , civil supplies and consumer affairs department,” said Sangma.

Sangma further mentioned that direction has been given to take stringent action including inspection and raids to prevent black marketing and hoarding.  Stern action shall be taken as per Section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act , 1955 and Section 3 of the Prevention of Black Marketing and Maintenance of Supplies of Essential Commodities Act , 1980 .

“I would also like to appeal to the public that there is no need for panic or concern as there is sufficient stock of essential commodities in the state and the situation is being constantly monitored. I would urge all citizens of our state to report malpractices to the deputy commissioners and officials concerned directly and kindly cooperate with the state government to ensure that there is no hoarding and black marketing and artificial shortages and price escalation of essential commodities,” said Sangma.

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