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Sunday, August 26, 2012

DM’s Surprise Visit to Market Does Not Yield Much Fruit

MALDA, 4 JULY: Taking the cue from the chief minister (CM) district magistrate (DM) Dr Archana today paid a surprise visit at a market in Malda town today to peruse the price of vegetables and fishes. However, no wonder, the price shot up again with her leaving the place.

Taking the officers from administration, food department and municipality, DM today made a raid at Rishi Bankim Chandra Market around 8 am. She asked the rate of different vegetables. While most of the traders reduced the rate when asked by the DM, buyers unmasked the reality saying only a little ago they had bought the same vegetables paying much higher price.

While a trader informed the DM that green chilly was being sold at Rs 120 per kg and potol Rs 16 per kg, a buyer Alok Saha said to Dr Archana, ““Madam, this is utter lie. Just a moment back I had to buy green chilly at Rs 150 per kg and potol at Rs 20”. Mr Saha found his support from others as well. But some traders gathered the courage to inform that wholesale price had shot up and they had to charge high from the retail customers. 

Later Archana held a meeting with the Zilla Parishad, Police, Food Departmnet, Municiplaity, and Merchant Chamber of Commerce. She said, “A task force led by additional district magistrate – zilla parishad (ADM-ZP) Joydev Thakur was made today to keep vigilance on the market rate. They will decide the price of the goods considering their purchase value and the transport cost.  We are also thinking of displaying the chart of possible price of the vegetables in the markets.”

It is learnt that three cold storage owners and two whole sale dealers were show caused for hoarding vegetables.  Administration is also making parley with Katihar of Bihar as this was the main source of green chilly of the district. Jayanta Kundu of Merchant Chamber of Commerce claimed, “The allegation of hoarding is not right. The district produces little vegetables of its own; neither do we have adequate cold storage.”

 Common people, however, welcomed the step of administration of visiting the market. “Regular monitoring is necessary to control the price”, said the market goers.

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