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Enough stock to last for 3 months: Mizoram Govt

By The Assam Tribune

AIZAWL, March 11 - The Mizoram Government today said it has enough stock of essential commodities for at least three months, as residents of the State capital made a beeline in markets following rumours that the inter-State borders may be shut amid the coronavirus scare.

The rumours on the social media after Mizoram�s borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh were shut on Monday, led to panic among the residents of the State.

A trader told this news agency that he has sold over 100 bags of rice and a substantial quantity of other essential grocery items in a day.

Supply Minister K Lalrinliana has assured people that they have nothing to fear as the State has �sufficient� stock of essential commodities.

The supply of rice, cooking gas, oil and other essentials is unlikely to be disrupted because Mizoram�s border with neighbouring States would not be sealed, he said.

It will also be unaffected as Mizoram does not import foodgrains, gas and oil from Myanmar and Bangladesh, he said.

Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department officials said the stock was sufficient to meet the requirement of the State for three months.

The State Government has prohibited hoarding and hiking prices of essential commodities. It has warned of legal action against violators under the Prevention of Black Marketing and Maintenance of Supplies of Essential Commodities Act, 1980 and the Consumer Protection Act, 2019, they said.

A task force on the mitigation of coronavirus, headed by Chief Secretary Lalnunmawi Chuaungo, said there was enough stock of food items in the state.

Chuaungo said no case of coronavirus has been reported in the State till date. However, strict vigilance would be maintained along inter-State and international borders, he added.

Mizoram had on Monday sealed its borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh, and banned the entry of foreigners to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

A State Home Department official said that personnel of the Border Security Force (BSF) and the State police would be deployed along the Indo-Bangladesh border, while the Assam Rifles would be assisted by the police deployed at the India-Myanmar border. � PTI

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