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DC asks vendors in West Garo Hills not to fleece customers

By Correspondent

TURA, March 16 - The Deputy Commissioner of West Garo Hills (WGH), Ram Singh has strictly warned suppliers and vendors over reports of hand sanitisers and masks either not being available or being sold at exorbitant prices in the district.

The order by the DC was made today.

Amidst fears of the spread of Covid�19, some unscrupulous suppliers and vendors have apparently been hoarding masks and sanitisers both of which are essential in the protection of the spread of the dreaded disease that has affected close to 1.7 lakh people

The warning comes through an order by the DC with the former threatening to fine first offenders Rs 25,000 with repeat offenders needing to pay Rs 50,000 or imprisonment of upto 1 year.

The notification comes after direction by the Government of India which has notified that masks (2ply and 3ply surgical masks, N95 masks) and hand sanitisers as essential commodities under the Essential Commodities Act.

�The vendors and suppliers are directed not to take advantage of the situation by selling the essential commodities at exorbitant prices and should also ensure that the packaged commodities are not sold loose to anybody (with showing MRP). There should also be no hoarding of the commodities mentioned above,� said the order by the Deputy Commissioner.

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