BONGAIGAON, March 27 - Amid the 21 days nationwide lockdown, a section of unscrupulous wholesalers here are not missing the opportunity to sell essential items allegedly at an inflated price to small traders and customers.
At Paglasthan market in Bongaigaon town, prices of wheat flour, rice, sugar, mustard oil and other essential items have shot up by Rs 5 to 10 per kg at grocery shops after the lockdown was enforced, alleged customers who were buying essential supplies from the market.
Prices of vegetables have increased due to shortage of supply in the town. People have to buy potato at the rate of Rs 25 per kg, onion at the rate of Rs 30 per kg, cabbage at the rate of Rs 40 per kg, cauliflower at the rate of Rs 60 per kg, tomato at the rate of Rs 40 per kg and brinjal at the rate of Rs 30 per kg.
Retailers in the market said as the wholesalers have increased the prices of these items, showing several excuses, the customers have left with no other options but to buy these items at high prices.
The district administration has not fixed the prices of essential items yet in the market.
Meanwhile, the administration has taken initiative to deliver essential items to the homes of the residents of Bongaigaon town from tomorrow and two shops have been assigned for the service.
People in the town can contact Vishal Megamart � 8011933811 (call and WhatsApp), 7002046201 (call and WhatsApp), 7742957969 (call and WhatsApp) and 7217888134 (only call), and Sohanlal Gautamchand Departmental Store � 9864597123 (call and WhatsApp) for the home delivery service.