The recent hike in prices of vegetables and edible oils have hit the consumers hard Credit: Representational Image

Guwahati: The surge in prices of onion, potato, mustard oil and other vegetables has led the State government to deploy a task force to monitor prices of all vegetables in Guwahati.

In a meeting chaired by Food and Civil Supplies Minister Phani Bhushan Choudhury and attended by Kamrup (M) DC Biswajit Pegu, top officials of Food and Civil Supplies, Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC), Agricultural Marketing Board, Guwahati Police Commissionerate and representatives of various traders’ unions, the decision to form this task force came into effect.

This arduous task is being led by a team of officers from both by Food and Civil Supplies and Assam police under the leadership of Executive Magistrates, Jituraj Gogoi (ACS) and Srabana Sonowal (ACS)

This task is being led by a team of officers from both by Food and Civil Supplies and Assam police under the leadership of Executive Magistrates, Jituraj Gogoi (ACS) and Srabana Sonowal (ACS).

The task force has been deployed in the Brahmaputra wholesale vegetable market, Pamohi wholesale vegetable market, Bebarbari wholesale vegetable market, Bamunimaidan wholesale vegetable market, Machkhowa wholesale vegetable market, and the Fancy Bazar GMC wholesale vegetable market. The task force will monitor the market prices of vegetables, including that of onion and potato every day. The meeting decided that various wholesale markets in Guwahati will have to adhere to the wholesale rates of vegetables of the market at Pamohi. It has also been decided that retailers are to sell onion and potato no more than Rs 6 above the wholesale rates per kg.

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In regards to mustard oil, the taskforce will be visiting the depots of Ruchi and Dalda in Nalapara, Nivaj and Gakul in Beltola, Fortune in Pamohi, Engine in both Fatasil and Fancy Bazar, the Dhara depots in both Lakhara and Pamohi and the Anupam depot in Lakhara.

Minister Phani Bhushan Choudhury has also asked the departments concerned to monitor the market rates regularly and to take strict actions against defaulters in case of any discrepancies found while directing the Kamrup (M) Deputy Commissioner to announce both wholesale and retail rates of vegetables daily.



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