GUWAHATI, July 25 - The State Government is keeping a close watch on markets to prevent hoarding or overcharging by unscrupulous traders and ensure that prices of essential commodities remain in control.
In reply to an attention drawn by BJP MLA Bhabesh Kalita in the Legislative Assembly today, Minister for Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Rihon Daimary said that the government has warned traders against engaging in illegal practices.
He said that the Chief Minister has himself held meetings with various trade and commerce bodies and directions have been issued to Deputy Commissioners of all districts and other officials to keep a tab on markets and also to ensure availability of essential items.
The Minister said that essential items, including pulses, worth over Rs two crore were seized from two traders in Fancy Bazar locality of Guwahati earlier this month. The traders were involved in overcharging as well as hoarding.
Earlier, raising the issue of price rise, Kalita cited media reports about proliferation of activities of black-marketers and hoarders and called upon the State Government to take action against such elements.