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Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday held an urgent meeting with representatives of traders’ bodies and different department officials to discuss the price rise of essential commodities.
He took stock of the situation from the members of Assam Chambers of Commerce, Kamrup Chambers of Commerce, and other traders’ bodies and asked for suggestions to control the spiraling prices of essential items, an official release said.
Saying that the increasing prices of potato, onion, vegetables, eggs, and cooking oils have affected the common people adversely and caused strong resentment among them, Sonowal said that the government cannot remain inactive in this situation.
He also pointed out the disparity in prices of items like potato, onion, and vegetables in wholesale and retail markets, and warned those traders engaged in an abnormal price hike of essentials of strict action.
The chief minister asked the departments concerned to set up integrated dedicated teams to monitor the markets and keep a tab on the price rise of the essential items.
“He also stressed the need to take joint responsibility by government and business community to check price hike and said that they must find a solution to serve the interest of both sellers and buyers,” the release said.
The members of the traders’ bodies informed him that some items like potato and onion have seen a price hike at their source and said that from Thursday onwards, wholesale prices will come down slightly, the statement said.
They also urged the chief minister to take action against the unauthorised wholesale markets, which have sprung up in different parts of the city. (PTI)