JORHAT, March 29 - The Majuli district administration has imposed a limit on the sale of essential commodities per family in a bid to prevent artificial shortage of food items due to panic buying. In an order issued by Deputy Commissioner Bikram Kairi under the Essential Commodities Act 1955, grocery shops have been directed to limit the sale of food items per family as per the quantity fixed in the order. The order fixed sale of rice at 5 kg per family, 3 kg of atta, one kg of lentils and two packets of other packed items per family. The order asked retailers to file a daily report on the stock position at the opening and closing time and also the prices charged on the items to the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs department.
The order cautioned retailers of the administration initiating action under relevant Sections of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and Assam COVID-19 Rules, if the direction was violated.