GUWAHATI, July 22 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal asked the wholesale dealers to keep the spiralling prices under check in consonance with the State Government�s regulations. Sonowal said strict action will be taken against those who are resorting to hoarding with an eye on making money hand over fist. Sonowal made this unequivocally clear to a number of trade and business organisations in course of a meeting held at his conference room of Assam Legislative Assembly here today.
Sonowal said that the rise in prices of essential commodities has hit the common man hard.
�The people must be able to procure essential items at reasonable prices and towards this end, the trade and business organisations must lend a helping hand by keeping a tight leash on prices,� he said.
The Chief Minister said the wholesale dealers must strictly conform to the strictures of the Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department. �The wholesale dealers have equal responsibility towards the people as that of the Government. By maintaining a close rapport with the Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department, the businessmen have to keep the prices under check,� he added.
Sonowal asked the Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department and the wholesale dealers to ensure there is no scarcity of essential commodities in view of the flood situation in the State.
The Chief Minister enquired into the stock and availability of essential commodities and wholesale and retail prices from the business organisations and wholesale dealers. He asked them to ensure that there is no yawning difference between prices of essential commodities at source and those prevailing in different market places.
Minister for Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Rihon Daimari made it clear that businessmen would have to keep prices under check in tune with the guidelines of the department. Daimari apprised the Chief Minister on the slew of initiatives taken by his department to control prices of essential commodities by holding discussions with trade and business organisations.
The meeting was attended, among others, by representatives of Chambers of Commerce, wholesale dealers of fruits-vegetables, potato-onion and eggs. Chief Secretary, VK Pipersenia, Commissioner and Secretary to CM, Sanjay Lohiya and senior officials of Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department were present on the occasion.