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Prices of essential commodities likely to come down slightly in Assam

The minister also stressed on the need to take joint responsibility by government and business community to check price hike

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CM Sonowal (file photo)

Guwahati: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday called an urgent meeting with representatives of traders’ bodies and different officials to discuss issues related to the price rise of essential commodities.

The members of traders’ bodies informed the Chief Minister that some items like potato, onion have seen price hike at their source and said that from Thursday onwards, wholesale prices would come down slightly.

They also urged the Chief Minister to take action against the unauthorised wholesale markets which have sprung up in different parts of the city.

Saying that the increasing prices of potato, onion, vegetables, eggs, cooking oils etc have impacted the common people adversely and caused strong resentment among them, Sonowal said that the government cannot remain inactive in this situation asthe people must be given respite from this scourge of price rise at any cost.

He also referred to the disparity in prices of items like potato, onion and vegetables in wholesale and retail markets and warned those traders engaged in abnormal price hike of essentials of strict action.

The minister also stressed on the need to take joint responsibility by government and business community to check price hike and said that a solution must be found to serve the interest of both sellers and buyers.

Sonowal said that integrated dedicated teams would be set up by the administration in the state to monitor the markets and keep a tab on the price rise of the essential items. He also stressed on the need to take joint responsibility by government and business community to check price hike and said that a solution must be found to serve the interest of both sellers and buyers.