Price rise of essential items cannot be allowed: CM Sarbananda Sonowal
Guwahati: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today held a review meeting with the Food and Civil Supplies Department at his official residence to take stock of the price hike scenario of essential food items during the latest COVID-19 wave in the state. Top officials of FCI, NF Railway also attended the meeting.
Saying that price hike of essential food items like lentils, onions, potatoes, etc cannot be allowed to take place during this time of the pandemic, Sonowal stated such price rise would affect the already distressed people and directed the Food and Civil Supplies Department to vigorously engage its officials to check the go-downs for available stock of food products while minimizing import cost of essentials items from outside the state. He also instructed the officials of the department to hold meetings with district chambers of commerce for keeping the prices under check.
“During the first wave of the pandemic in the state, the chambers of commerce had extended full support in government’s efforts to curb price rise of food items and this time also they must be approached for helping the cause,” the Chief Minister said while urging the NF Railway officials to facilitate smooth transport of food items to Assam like in the time of the first wave of COVID19. He also urged the railways to engage the contractual laborers, employed in loading and unloading, in shifts so that they do not get exhausted.
Emphasizing the need to work as a team by all stakeholders to overcome this crisis, Sonowal stressed on the regulate the prices of food items to minimize discrepancies in prices between various districts.
Media Adviser to the Chief Minister Hrishikesh Goswami and other top officials of concerned departments were present in the meeting.