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Stock of essential commodities reviewed

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Nov 22 - Food and Civil Supplies Minister Rihon Daimary today held a meeting to review availability and stock of essential food commodities in the markets and their prices.

The meeting, held at the Circuit House here, was also attended by representatives of the Kamrup Chamber of Commerce (KCC), officials from the district Food and Civil Supplies department and Kamrup Metro Deputy Commissioner (in-charge) Barnali Sarma.

The Minister called upon the traders to cooperate with the administration in maintaining adequate supply of food items and also to ensure that prices do not spiral.

He expressed concern about reports that prices of some commodities like wheat and certain varieties of pulses have gone up.

Daimary directed officials to ensure that wholesale and retail traders do not raise prices citing transportation cost.

Representatives of KCC told the Minister that once the imported wheat hits the city markets, price of the commodity will come down. They also informed the Minister about the difficulties faced in the aftermath of demonetization of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes and added that trade has been impacted on account of it.

Daimary, on his part, called upon the traders to cooperate with the government at this crucial period so that supply of essential commodities could be maintained at reasonable rates.

He also directed officials to ensure that middlemen are not able to manipulate prices and supplies.

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