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GUWAHATI: To control skyrocketing of prices of food items Kamrup Metropolitan Authority on Monday formed 15 flying teams to monitor the rates in the state capital.
"Prices of essential food items are under control and are in declining trend. Compared to May-June, the prices have fallen by 3-5 per cent," Kamrup Metropolitan Deputy Commissioner M Angamuthu told reporters here.
The teams were formed to bring down the prices further and control the market, he said.
Each team comprises of one magistrate, an inspector of the food and civil supplies department and persons from Guwahati Municipal Corporation. "The teams have started their operation from today," he said.
"We will file FIRs against unscrupulous retailers and whole sellers, cancel their trading licences and seal the shops. We will not tolerate any manipulation with the prices," Angamuthu said. Wholesale prices of food items have to follow government rates, he said adding all approved traders have to display it at their shops.
Angamuthu said There is absolutely no shortage of items in the market. "There is continuous flow of adequate supplies."
On rising cases of dengue in Kamrup Metropolitan district, he said altogether 437 cases if type-I dengue have been detected so far.
"The type-I is non-fatal, while the type-II is fatal. We have not detected any type-II dengue case yet and there is no death till now," Angamuthu said.