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    Government fixes consumers’ prices on essential goods; Minister checks stock

    Guwahati: The Directorate of Horticulture and Food Processing on Sunday fixed the consumers’ prices on a number of essential goods to be sold in between the on-going two-week long total-lockdown imposed in the Kamrup metro district.

    Earlier, right before the imposition of total lockdown in Kamrup metro district with effect from June 28 midnight, the city residents had to bear the burden of sky rocketing prices on various fruits, vegetables and other grocery items due to alleged artificial scarcity of goods. Consequently, the competent authority, including the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Phani Bhusan Choudhury, received criticism from sections of the city residents.

    The prices fixed on Sunday for various items included, ridge gourd at Rs 35/kg, tender ash gourd at Rs 30/piece, pointed gourd at Rs 30/kg, long bean at Rs 40/kg, bitter gourd at Rs 40/kg, pumpkin at Rs 20/kg, ladies finger at Rs 30/kg, cabbage at Rs 30/kg, chilli at RS 60/kg, carrot at Rs 90/kg, French beans at Rs 90/kg, sponge gourd at Rs 30/kg, cucumber at Rs 30/kg, bottle gourd at Rs 35/piece, peas at Rs 85/kg, Assam lemon at Rs 3/piece, brinjal at Rs 40/kg, spine gourd at Rs 46/kg, coriander leaves at Rs 5/muthi, capsicum at RS 80/kg, knolkhol at Rs 40/kg, potato (new) at Rs 30/kg, tomato at Rs 50/kg, colocasia at Rs 40/kg, snake gourd at Rs 30/kg, squash at Rs 50/kg, radish at Rs 35/kg and kunduli at Rs 32/kg.        

    Notably, Minister Choudhury, accompanied by the Secretary, Director and other officers of the directorate of food, civil supplies and consumers affair on Sunday visited Fancy Bazar’s potato and onion shops and checked the distribution of goods for all the wards of the city.

    According to the Kamrup chamber of commerce (KCC), the officers and inspectors of the directorate themselves accompanied certain vehicles for distribution in the fair price shops in different areas of the city.

    KCC president MP Jain said, “Potato is being sold at Rs 24/kg and onion at Rs 23/kg in various wholesale outlets. We also appeal all the retailers to sale in retail maximum at Rs 30/kg for both onion and potato.”

    Jain assured Minister Choudhury and the visiting officers of sufficient potato and onion available across the State. “KCC requests to the people not to rush and panic while buying,” Jain added.

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